Second-quarter sales and earnings reports are expected to come on strong—despite some cynics’ assertion that the first quarter would be the high-water mark in year-over-year gains. And once again companies in the Barron’s 400 Index are predicted by securities analysts to out-grow those in the S&P 500 by considerable margins, as shown [...]John A. Prestbo
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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
Companies in the Barron’s 400 Index once again out-grew those in the S&P 500, this time for the fourth quarter of 2016. But the “victory” margins in per-share earnings and revenue growth continued to narrow. Over 90% of the Barron’s 400 companies—selected for their sound financial conditions—have reported. The results are summarized [...]John A. Prestbo