Earnings Watch: Springtime has arrived for earnings
Head of Equity Strategy
Summary: Equities have steamed higher in the past few months, powered by dovish monetary policy, trade deal optimism and improving Asian macro figures. But could earnings estimates
downgrades indicate that the train is now slowing down?
The table below shows next week’s releases from the 30 largest companies among the 2,000 companies we track during the earnings season. As usual the focus will be on Friday’s earnings among US banks such as JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. With the recent US yield curve inversion investors would like strong outlooks from management to offset negative earnings expectations based on yield curve inversion.
Perhaps next week’s most interesting earnings release might come from an obscure corner of the global equity market. The Swedish investment company Industrivärden reports Q1 earnings on Tuesday. The company has holdings in many of Sweden’s largest publicly listed industrials and as such has a good feeling about the outlook for manufacturing. Sweden is one of the more cyclical economies in Europe and Industrivärden’s portfolio companies have broad international exposure. It might be worth listening to what the Swedes see in the manufacturing part of the economy.