|For some perspective on the all-important earnings environment, today's chart illustrates 'as reported' S&P 500 earnings growth (i.e. 12-month rate of change) since 1940. There are a couple of points of interest. For one, earnings growth has tended to peak in the 20 to 40% range and trough somewhere in the -10 to -20% range. At least that was the case up until this millennium. Since the dot-com crash (i.e. the 2001 - 2002 timeframe), earnings growth volatility has increased dramatically. In fact, the post-financial crisis spike to 793% is not even shown on today's chart so as to allow the rest of the data to remain visible (i.e. not flattened out). It is worth noting that this historic post-financial crisis earnings growth spike is due in large part to the fact that earnings came in so low as a result of the financial crisis. That said, earnings growth has dipped into negative territory for the first time since the financial crisis.Notes:
Where's the Dow headed? The answer may surprise you. Find out right now with the exclusive & Barron's recommended charts of Chart of the Day Plus.
Rate today's Chart of the Day
By voting every day you help us get you the charts you want to see.
Quote of the Day"He who likes cherries soon learns to climb." - German proverb
Events of the DayMay 15, 2013 - Cannes Film Festival begins (ends May 26th)
May 18, 2013 - Preakness Stakes - Armed Forces Day
May 20, 2013 - Victoria Day (Canada)
May 21, 2013 - French Open tennis tournament begins (ends June 9th)
May 26, 2013 - Indianapolis 500
May 27, 2013 - Memorial Day (observed)
Stocks of the Day-- Find out which stocks investors are focused on with the most active stocks today.
-- Which stocks are making big money? Find out with the biggest stock gainers today.
-- What are the largest companies? Find out with the largest companies by market cap.
-- Which stocks are the biggest dividend payers? Find out with the highest dividend paying stocks.
-- You can also quickly review the performance, dividend yield and market capitalization for each of the Dow Jones Industrial Average Companies as well as for each of the S&P 500 Companies.
Mailing List InfoChart of the Day is FREE to anyone who subscribes.
To ensure email delivery of Chart of the Day, add firstname.lastname@example.org to your whitelist.
Journalists and bloggers may post the above free Chart of the Day on their website as long as the chart is unedited and full credit is given with a live, do follow, text link to the Chart of the Day homepage using the following HTML...
If your site provides a list of helpful links, we would appreciate it if you added a link for Chart of the Day at http://www.chartoftheday.com. However, Chart of the Day Plus charts are to be viewed by paying Chart of the Day Plus subscribers only and may not be republished.
Chart of the Day is provided to subscribers without warranty of any kind and accepts no responsibility for its accuracy or for any consequences of its use.