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Focus on the positive within the equity market.

During a short week, we saw 3 out of the 4 days end positively and the markets finish up for the week on good corporate earnings.  However, there is some bad news out there.  With gas at $4.00/gallon and climbing (I saw +$5.00 in California) most economists are lowering their forecast GDP numbers from 3.5% down to 3.0%.  We are in agreement with those new numbers. 

But that does not mean we will see an equity market crash.The equity markets we track were all winners last week.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gained 1.33% to finish at 12,506, the S&P 500 Index gained 1.34% to finish at 1,337 and the Nasdaq Composite Index gained 2.01% to finish at 2,820.  The Russell 2000 index, which tracks the performance of small capitalization stocks, gained 1.28% to finish at 846.

On top of the now completely over-reported U.S. Debt downgrade, weekly jobless claims fell this week.  However, they still came in above consensus and the “psychological” 400K level.  403K people filed new claims, compared to expectations for 393K. The still elevated level of new claims suggests a still sluggish labor market recovery.

Even with all the bad news, Corporate America continues to deliver. Over 140 S&P 500 companies have reported their 1st quarter 2011 earnings so far and the results are positive.  Most importantly, 76% of the companies that have reported beat their revenue (top-line) forecasts.  Revenues have beaten expectation by 3%, which is good news.  Additionally, 80% of companies beat their profit (bottom line) by 7%.  That’s good too, but we are more excited about the revenue growth – it means companies are selling more goods and services than analysts expected. 

These results are impressive given Japan’s weakness and the slowdown in U.S. economic activity last quarter. Stay tuned, but we think that this is a pretty good sign that earnings season will wrap up with both revenue and profits beating expectations for the entire quarter.

Another nice thing about the earnings reports is that the strength is broad-based. As far as sectors go, Materials and Technology have exceeded EPS (profit) estimates by the greatest amount thus far.  Consumer Staples, Industrials, Materials, and Technology have generated the most revenue upside. Outlooks have been greeted with some caution as estimates for the rest of the year have come down marginally despite the upside to Q1. This week, another 180 S&P 500 companies will report results.

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