NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 18, 2012) - The S&P 500 Index has been in a slump after the International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecast. The IMF forecasts the global economy will expand by 3.3 percent in 2012, down from their previous estimate of 3.5 percent. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the S&P 500 Index and provides equity research on International Business Machines Corp. (
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Aggregate profits for companies in the S&P 500 are expected to decline in the third quarter for the first time in three years according to analysts' estimates collected by Bloomberg. The data has showed that earnings per share and sales are expected to drop on average 1.7 percent, and 0.6 percent, respectively.
"Weaker economic data over the past 12-18 months has steadily eroded the growth outlook," said Jonathan Golub, a strategist at UBS. "Unfortunately, this weakness is relatively broad-based. More specifically, earnings are now expected to come in lower than 3Q11 in 5 of 10 sectors, with the greatest contractions in Energy and Materials."
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IBM reported total revenues for the third quarter of 2012 of $24.7 billion down 5 percent from the third quarter of 2011. The company's hardware unit's sales posted a double-digit decline. "Customers are just not opening their wallets," said Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry. "That is putting pressure on IT spend."
McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer with more than 33,500 locations serving approximately 69 million customers in 119 countries each day. McDonald's is scheduled to release third quarter results before the market opens on October 19, 2012. According to average analyst estimates the company is expected to report a third quarter net income of $1.47 per share, a 1.4 percent increase from the year-ago quarter.
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