FOURTH QUARTER EARNINGS SEASON OFF TO A GOOD START
John Lynch Chief Investment Strategist, LPL Financial | Jeffrey Buchbinder, CFA Equity Strategist, LPL Financial
It’s early in the season, but with about 50 companies having reported fourth quarter results, S&P 500 Index earnings are tracking a 12% yearover- year increase [Figure 1]. A solid 79% of the companies have bested earnings estimates, while 87% have topped revenue targets, both well above recent and long-term averages. In this week’s commentary, we preview fourth quarter earnings season and reiterate our optimism for corporate profits in 2018.