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Last Peak Week Of Q2 Earnings Season Is Here, Then Come The Retailers

By Christine ShortStock MarketsAug 08, 2022 10:26AM ET
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Last Peak Week Of Q2 Earnings Season Is Here, Then Come The Retailers
By Christine Short   |  Aug 08, 2022 10:26AM ET
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  • S&P 500 EPS growth for Q2 is set to come in at 6.7%, the lowest level since Q4 2020

  • Some highly anticipated names reported last week, with upbeat results from SBUX, ABNB, CAT

  • The LERI points to more companies showing signs of uncertainty regarding future growth potential

  • Potential surprises this week: TTWO, AKAM, SKT, H, SIX

After getting off to somewhat of a rough start, with banks and big tech, Q2 earnings began to hit their stride last week. The busiest week of the season did not disappoint, with many names across sectors like health care, technology and consumer discretionary handily beating expectations. Those positive surprises were initially enough to convince investors to take markets higher mid-week, but higher-than-expected jobless claims killed the rally on Thursday, with impressive nonfarm payrolls able to bring the markets back on Friday ending the week mostly flat.

Better-than-expected results lead to a 0.7-percentage-point increase in S&P 500 EPS YoY growth rate in the last week, which now sits at 6.7%. Thus far, 75% of companies are beating estimates, still lower than the five-year average of 77%. The percentage by which companies are surpassing estimates also remains low at 3.4% vs. a 5-year average of 8.8%. Q3 earnings expectations are trending lower as well, now down to 5.8% from 10.4% on June 30. (Data From FactSet)

Despite Improvement In Earnings Results, LERI Reading Worsens

Despite better-than-expected earnings, the Late Earnings Report Index (LERI) is still at its highest level in over a year, with a reading of 150, surpassing Q1 2020’s reading of 147, which reflects the uncertainty of the first few weeks of coronavirus lockdowns globally.

The LERI tracks which companies are confirming off-trend earnings dates. Academic research shows when a corporation reports earnings later in the quarter than it has historically, it typically signals bad news to come on the conference call. The reverse is also true, an early earnings date suggests good news will be shared. The idea is that you’d prefer to delay bad news, but when you have good news you want to run out and share it.

A LERI reading over 100 indicates more companies are delaying reports and is meant to be watched carefully. While the LERI reading of 150 is the highest we’ve seen since Q4 2020, it’s still nowhere near as high as we saw in the last three quarters of that year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns. Those quarters clocked LERI readings of 1,380, 656 and 309, respectively. In any case, a gradual increase this quarter continues to suggest that U.S. companies are feeling uncertain about their future growth potential. In terms of raw numbers, 48 companies have confirmed earlier Q2 earnings dates, while 72 have confirmed later than normal earnings dates.

Late Earnings Report Index.
Late Earnings Report Index.

Source: Wall Street Horizon

Gearing Up For Last Peak Week Of Q2 Earnings Season And Retail Parade

This week marks the last for peak earnings season, with 2,669 companies (in our universe of 10,000 publicly traded names) set to report. Sectors in focus will be industrials, health care and consumer discretionary.

Source: Wall Street Horizon

Potential Surprises This Week

This week we get results from a number of large companies on major indexes that have pushed their Q2 earnings dates past their historical norms. Nine companies within the S&P 500 confirmed outlier earnings dates for this week, all are later than usual and, therefore, have negative DateBreaks Factors. Those nine names are American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Dominion Energy (NYSE:D), Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ:TTWO), ONEOK (NYSE:OKE), Principal Financial Group (NASDAQ:PFG), Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR), Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM), ResMed (NYSE:RMD) and Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH). Other notable names, like Hyatt Hotels (NYSE:H), Six Flags (NYSE:SIX) and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (NYSE:SKT) also confirmed later than usual dates.

It’s important to note that Spirit Airlines (NYSE:SAVE) also has an off-trend earnings date ahead of its report. The confirmed report date of Aug. 9 is over a week later than the estimated report date of July 27, however, that is likely due to the upcoming merger with Jetblue. It is often the case that M&A activity leads to changes in quarterly earnings dates. JetBlue also confirmed a later than usual date going into last week’s report. The company ended up missing estimates on the top and bottom line.

Take-Two Interactive

Company Confirmed Report Date: Monday, Aug. 8, AMC

Projected Report Date (based on historical data): Monday, Aug. 1

DateBreaks Factor: -3*

TTWO typically reports fiscal Q1 earnings on the first Monday in August. On July 11 the software company confirmed they would report FQ1 2023 results on the second Monday of the month instead. Its report comes on the heels of peers Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) and Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), with both beating revenue estimates, but EA only coming in line with EPS estimates. Both names showed YoY declines on the bottom line.

* Wall Street Horizon DateBreaks Factor: statistical measurement of how an earnings date (confirmed or revised) compares to the reporting company's 5-year trend for the same quarter. Negative means the earnings date is confirmed to be later than historical average while Positive is earlier.

Earnings Wave

This marks the last week of Q2 peak earnings season with 2,669 companies anticipated to report. Roughly 80% of companies have confirmed at this point (out of our universe of 10,000 global names), with 51% of those names reporting already.

Earning Season: North America Vs. Worldwide.
Earning Season: North America Vs. Worldwide.

Last Peak Week Of Q2 Earnings Season Is Here, Then Come The Retailers
 

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