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New Worry for Stock Investors: Are Corporate Earnings Peaking?

Stock investors are confronting an uncomfortable question more than nine years into the bull market: is this as good as it gets? Signs that the future for companies may not look as rosy as the present weighed on the stock market Tuesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 1.7%, marking its fifth-straight day of losses, the longest such stretch in more than a year. As The Wall Street Journal’s Morning MoneyBeat newsletter noted on Wednesday, both reports underscore a new consideration: The long-awaited surge in corporate earnings and broad economic growth, which for many years seemed to be a distant hope, now appears to have arrived.