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FA Center: Here’s why stock investors should hope that corporate earnings growth shrinks

Many investors find it surprising that, in the wake of the fastest growth rate in corporate profits in many years, the U.S. stock market is struggling. In fact, however, they should have expected it. Over the past nine decades, the stock market on average has hardly produced any gain in calendar quarters in which year-over-year earnings growth is as strong as it is currently.

That seems counterintuitive in the extreme. GAAP earnings per share for the S&P 500 SPX, -0.24% are projected to be 36.7% higher than the comparable quarter of a year ago, according to Standard & Poor’s.

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