growth for S&P 500 companies in the third quarter is on track to be the
highest since 2010, eclipsing the strong results from earlier this year,
according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
earnings have pushed the estimate for third-quarter growth to 27.4 percent,
based on results from 381 of the S&P 500 companies and estimates for the
The growth estimate is well above the 21.6 percent growth
for the quarter forecast by analysts on Oct. 1, and it would surpass the first
quarter’s 26.6 percent growth and the second quarter’s 24.9 percent growth,
based on Refinitiv data.
The last time quarterly profit growth was higher was in
the fourth quarter of 2010, when it was 37.2 percent.
Strong profit growth this year has been fueled in part by
the sweeping tax overhaul approved by Congress late last year. But investors
have been concerned about rising tariff and other costs for companies that
could result in a bigger step down in profit growth next year than analysts are
Profit growth is expected to slow to 9 percent next year
from an estimated 23.9 percent this year, according to Refinitiv data.
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