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Deep Dive: 13 retailers that are not only surviving but thriving

Seven years into a bull market for U.S. stocks, we’re seeing warnings every day that valuations may be too high. But the economic news is mostly positive, and many big retailers are increasing sales and widening profit margins.

Earnings season is nearly over, and analysts polled by S&P Global Market Intelligence expect the consumer-discretionary sector to post the best earnings growth among the S&P 500:

S&P 500 sector Estimated growth of earnings per share – Q2 2016 EPS growth – Q2 2015
Consumer Discretionary 14.6% 10.5%
Consumer Staples -0.8% 1.7%
Energy -86.1% -55.8%
Financials -7.9% 9.6%
Health Care 6.3% 14.7%
Industrials 13.5% 0.1%
Information Technology 1.9% 6.2%
Materials -4.2% 7.8%
Telecommunications -2.6% 11.8%
Utilities 11.3% 4.5%
S&P 500 -1.8% 0.1%
Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence

It’s rather grim to see half the sectors showing declining earnings per share for the second quarter.

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