While the current earnings season is still young, numbers versus expectations have been weak for both the bottom and top line.
As shown in the charts below, 58.5% of companies have beaten earnings estimates so far this season, while 57% have beaten revenue estimates. The earnings beat rate had picked up on a quarter-over-quarter basis in the prior two reporting periods, but this season it has dropped back down to a new bull market low. The revenue beat rate saw its lowest reading of the bull market last earnings season, but it is making a lower low once again this season.
There's still a lot of time left, but these numbers actually tend to drift lower and not higher as earnings season progresses.
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