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With Q2 earnings largely in the books (95% of S&P 500 firms have reported), today's chart provides some long-term perspective on the current earnings environment by focusing on 12-month, as reported S&P 500 earnings. Today's chart illustrates the dramatic nature of the earnings plunge during the financial crisis as well as the recovery that followed -- a recovery that took earnings from levels not seen since the Great Depression to a new record high. More recently, however, S&P 500 inflation-adjusted earnings declined significantly and are now 20% off of their record highs. On a somewhat positive note, Q2 2016 earnings came in flat relative to Q1 2016 and Q4 2015 -- not great but certainly an improvement over the sharp decline that preceded it.

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