Here Comes The Worst Earnings Season In Six Years----Profits To Drop Nearly 10%

By Blaise Robinson at Bloomberg

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U.S. corporate profits are expected to drop the most in 6 1/2 years in the first quarter, led by a wipeout in the embattled energy sector. Earnings for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index will fall 9.8 percent year-over-year, which would be the sharpest decline since the third quarter of 2009 and a fourth consecutive quarter of contraction, according to Bloomberg data. Results will be insufficient to justify current stock valuations, says Alex Bellefleur, head of global macro strategy and research at Pavilion Global Markets.

Source: U.S. Braces for Worst Earnings Season Since 2009 Crisis: Chart - Bloomberg

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