October 7, 2020

Q3 EARNINGS SEASON STARTS WELL. EXPECT STABILIZATION IN REVISIONS MOMENTUM BUT RECOVERY WILL CONTINUE

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In Short

The Q3 reporting season has just started. For the US, expectations are for a yearly earnings growth of -21% after -31% in Q2. As for sectors, worse growth rates in the US are expected for energy, industrials and discretionary while pharma, utilities, IT and staples should rank better than the index.
Q3 EARNINGS SEASON STARTS WELL. EXPECT STABILIZATION IN REVISIONS MOMENTUM BUT RECOVERY WILL CONTINUE
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Highlights:

  • Q3 expectations still indicate a gloomy yearly growth, albeit slowly recovering from Q2.
  • Analysts’ estimates have improved slightly over the last weeks, more significantly in the US.
  • The first reported results in the US (19 firms, 4% of total) and Japan (3%) show better growth and surprises when compared to the same number of firms in Q2.
  • We observe some fatigue – also due to increasing Covid contagions – in selected economic indicators (i.e. macro surprises in the euro area), with earnings revisions being near a cyclical peak. That said, the recovery triggered by the policy support will remain the dominating theme for investors in the next months.
  • In this respect, we notice stabilizing capacity utilization, good Chinese momentum as well as EM exports bouncing back. The ISM and the IFO indicators remain high and overall supportive for the continuation of the earnings recovery although we cannot exclude some weakness in momentum ahead.
  • Short term, we maintain a slight OW on equities due to lingering supportive policy action, improving GDP and earnings momentum and expect positive mid-single digit total returns in 12 months. Risks: lower economic momentum, Covid 2nd wave, US elections and geopolitical risks.

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Q3 EARNINGS SEASON STARTS WELL. EXPECT STABILIZATION IN REVISIONS MOMENTUM BUT RECOVERY WILL CONTINUE
October 8th, 2020
The Q3 reporting season has just started. For the US, expectations are for a yearly earnings growth of -21% after -31% in Q2. As for sectors, worse growth rates in the US are expected for energy, industrials and discretionary while pharma, utilities, IT and staples should rank better than the index.

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