As fourth quarter 2017 financial reporting gets under way, companies in the Barron’s 400 Index once again are expected to out-grow those in the S&P 500 in both per-share earnings and revenue. But with global economic growth picking up speed, the S&P 500 is showing more strength than in recent quarters. Securities analysts are estimators [...]John A. Prestbo
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A strengthening global economy is doing wonders for the stock market. The market’s post-recessionary rebound is being extended to nearly unprecedented lengths. And this persistent resilience is extra beneficial for the companies in the Barron’s 400 Index, all of which are geared up for growth. The Barron’s 400 is comprised of a diverse [...]John A. Prestbo
If the security analysts’ forecasts are right, companies in the Barron’s 400 Index will report stepped-up earnings and revenue growth for this year’s fourth quarter. And once again, that growth substantially surpasses the levels expected for publicly traded companies generally. This is typical quarterly performance for Barron’s 400 [...]John A. Prestbo
Barron’s 400 companies are posting solid earnings and revenue gains for the second quarter—so much so that typically inflated securities analysts’ forecasts are looking less fanciful than usual. With just short of 90% of the companies reporting through Aug. 15, the median per-share earnings surprise is just 3.1% while the gain from year-earlier [...]John A. Prestbo
The Barron’s 400 Index companies are expected to post solid gains in both revenue and earnings for the second quarter, according to securities analysts’ forecasts. The sum of per-share earnings estimates for the index components ($415.99) is 6% higher than a year earlier (when more than half weren’t in the index) and 12% more than they [...]John A. Prestbo
While Barron’s 400 Index companies generally are expected to report only modest gains in fourth quarter earnings and revenue, analysts’ forecasts for individual sectors vary widely. Here is a table of how estimated per-share earnings and revenue for Barron’s 400 companies compare with actual results from the fourth quarter of 2012 (when [...]John A. Prestbo