Though the strong economy lifted nearly all boats in the fourth quarter of 2017, the financially fit, growth-oriented companies of the Barron’s 400 Index led the regatta of corporate reports with flags flying. It wasn’t even close, as this “boxscore” shows: Median Reported EPS Vs. Median Reported Revenue Vs. Estimate 4Q 2016 Estimate [...]John A. Prestbo
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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
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
Companies whose stocks are in the Barron’s 400 Index again are expected to report bigger second-quarter gains in earnings per share and revenue than those in the S&P 500. That’s according to the predictions of securities analysts who follow the companies for investors. The forecast margin of outperformance in per-share earnings isn’t [...]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
With 37% of the Barron’s 400 Index companies reporting results for the quarter ended March 31, it’s a relief to see that a tough winter didn’t spoil solid gains for the period. The 147 companies reporting through April 24 surpassed analysts’ per-share earnings forecasts by a median 2.57%. That’s nice, but it is more impressive that [...]John A. Prestbo
No sooner do we wrap up one quarter’s reports on Barron’s 400 Index companies’ earnings and revenue than we must begin another. This time around it is the fourth fiscal quarter of 2013 that has our attention. Prepare for modest. The current estimates call for only smallish increases in per-share earnings and revenues. Of course, we have [...]John A. Prestbo