For investors seeking short-term investment opportunities in equities largest companies traded on U.S. markets, every quarter opens the possibility to use the current earnings season, which are published economic numbers and corporate perspectives.
In the fourth quarter of 2012 published by 73.81% of the companies in the S & P 500 better numbers on the level of profits, 63.3% of companies beat estimates on the level of sales.
What are the expectations regarding the results for 1Q2013
Recently, there was a gradual lowering of expectations of net profits. While in January (according to a survey by Reuters) expected earnings growth in the S & P 500 by 4.3% at the beginning of April, the expectation is set to grow by just 1.5%. This is also connected with the prolonged negotiations on tax reform in the USA. In general, the expected reduction in the maximum rate of taxation of corporate profits, which would have the overall positive effect of corporate profits.