2Q Earnings Season Preview: Revenue Growth Expected To Be Strong
With the second-quarter earnings season set to begin in the next couple of weeks, we thought it would be helpful to look at where the consensus stands at the start of the quarter. Energy companies are expected to have the greatest increase in revenue compared to last year, while the financial sector is the only one estimated to decline. Thus, overall the index is expected to see revenue growth of 18.5%.
Some Sectors Estimated For Triple-Digit Earnings Growth
Lapping 2Q’20 when most of the economy was shut down is the earnings growth estimates that are triple digits. The bottom line takeaway is that the most cyclical sectors (Industrials, Energy & Materials) are estimated to see large rebounds while the defensives are estimated to see earnings declines. Overall, S&P earnings are estimated to be up about 65% for the quarter.
Even Compared to 2Q’19, Second Quarter Earnings Expected To Grow
A likely better barometer for earnings growth this quarter is comparisons to 2Q’19. Even so, earnings growth for the aggregate index is expected to be strong, coming in at about 10%, with the materials leading the way. The other sectors expected to improve the most compared to 2Q’19 are the growth-oriented sectors of Health Care, Technology, and Communications.
Guidance For 2022 Likely To Be The Market Focus
With easier comps this quarter, investors will likely shift their focus toward any clues as to what to expect in 2022. At least initially, we suspect hints for the sustainability of the recovery will be the focus; however, the ever-changing landscape in Washington could lead to management companies discuss possible legislative changes and their impact on earnings. At the moment, consensus estimates are not pricing in any changes to corporate tax rates.
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