Surprising Earnings Growth Seen for Fourth Quarter

Elvera Bartels

The company profitability picture brightened in the fourth quarter, with earnings progress projected for S&P 500 corporations for the 1st time due to the fact the conclusion of 2019.

In accordance to facts from Refinitiv, S&P 500 earnings are expected to have elevated .9% in the fourth quarter from a calendar year back, defying analysts’ expectations of a ten.3% decrease just after a calendar year of weakness owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Upbeat fourth-quarter final results would bolster expectations for a strong rebound in earnings in 2021 and support to ease investor worries that valuations are overstretched,” Reuters claimed.

S&P 500 earnings are projected to maximize 23.five% in 2021 in comparison with an approximated 12.six% drop in 2020, based on Refinitiv’s facts.

Stronger-than-expected earnings from significant-profile corporations including Alphabet and Amazon.com drove the fourth-quarter forecast, with Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Goldman Sachs among the the other

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