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Traders Prepare For Earnings Season, Slow Growth Expectations

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The Q1 2019 earnings season is upon us.

Overall, the expectation is that earnings will decline slightly compared to Q4 2018. This could be the first earnings decline since the second quarter of 2016. Last year saw a tailwind provided by federal tax cut legislation, after steady growth in 2017.

Aggregate earnings for the S&P 500 are projected to be -3.9% lower than the same period last year on 4% higher revenues. Traders may recall that earnings growth in Q4 2018 was 13.4 percent.

Below is some food for thought as outlined by FactSet.

Earnings Growth:  For Q1 2019, the estimated earnings decline for the S&P 500 is -3.9%. If -3.9% is the actual decline for the quarter, it will mark the first year-over-year decline in earnings for the index since Q2 2016.

Earnings Revisions:  On December 31, the estimated earnings growth rate for Q1 2019 was 2.9%. All eleven sectors have lower growth rates today (compared to December 31) due to downward revisions to EPS estimates.

Earnings Guidance:  For Q1 2019, 79 S&P 500 companies have issued negative EPS guidance and 28 S&P 500 companies have issued positive EPS guidance.

Valuation:  The forward 12-month P/E ratio for the S&P 500 is 16.3. This P/E ratio is below the 5-year average (16.4) but above the 10-year average (14.7).

Earnings Scorecard:  For Q1 2019 (with 20 companies in the S&P 500 reporting actual results for the quarter), 17 S&P 500 companies have reported a positive EPS surprise and 11 have reported a positive revenue surprise.

Below is a table identifying the percentage of names in each index that is reporting, arranged by trading week. Following that table is a list of Top Ten Holdings for key indexes, along with their earnings announcement dates, and corresponding bold trades using Direxion Leveraged ETFs.

q1-2019-earnings-calendar

Source: Bloomberg.

Q1 Quarterly Earnings Calendar

(All index data as of 3/31/2019)

S&P 500 Index (SPXT) S&P 400 Index (MID)
Top 10 Weights Ticker Weight in the index Expected Earnings Release Top 10 Weights Ticker Weight in the index Expected Earnings Release
MICROSOFT CORP MSFT UW 3.85% 5/1/2019 IDEX CORP IEX UN 0.69% 4/29/2019
APPLE INC AAPL UW 3.56% 4/30/2019 ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORP-CL A ZBRA UW 0.68% 5/7/2019
AMAZON.COM INC AMZN UW 3.13% 4/25/2019 STERIS PLC STE UN 0.63% 5/8/2019
FACEBOOK INC-CLASS A FB UW 1.70% 4/24/2019 ULTIMATE SOFTWARE GROUP INC ULTI UW 0.63% 4/30/2019
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC-CL B BRK/B UN 1.66% 5/6/2019 TRIMBLE INC TRMB UW 0.61% 5/6/2019
JOHNSON & JOHNSON JNJ UN 1.57% 4/16/2019 DOMINO’S PIZZA INC DPZ UN 0.61% 4/25/2019
ALPHABET INC-CL C GOOG UW 1.55% 4/29/2019 PTC INC PTC UW 0.60% 4/17/2019
ALPHABET INC-CL A GOOGL UW 1.52% 4/29/2019 CAMDEN PROPERTY TRUST CPT UN 0.59% 5/5/2019
EXXON MOBIL CORP XOM UN 1.46% 4/26/2019 UGI CORP UGI UN 0.59% 5/1/2019
JPMORGAN CHASE & CO JPM UN 1.39% 4/12/2019 NVR INC NVR UN 0.58% 4/18/2019
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