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Zacks Earnings Preview: Citigroup, Johnson & Johnson, Goldman Sachs, Intel and Yahoo!

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Chicago, IL – July 16, 2012 – releases the list of companies likely to issue earnings surprises. This week’s list includes Citigroup ((C - Free Report) ), Johnson & Johnson ((JNJ - Free Report) ), Goldman Sachs ((GS - Free Report) ), Intel ((INTC - Free Report) ) and Yahoo! ().


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 Earnings Season Gets into High Gear


The second quarter earnings season gets into high gear this week as earnings reports from 280 companies come out, including 90 S&P 500 companies. By the end of the week, we will have reports from 122 S&P 500 companies, or almost a quarter of the index’s total membership, giving us a good enough sample size to judge the quality of the second quarter earnings season.

The 32 S&P 500 companies that have already reported, and the many others that have pre-announced, have set a downbeat tone for this earnings season. Total earnings for these companies are flat from the same period last year (up only 0.1%), while these same companies had much more respectable 4.9% growth in the first quarter. Only 53% of the companies have beat expectations that were steadily coming down anyway, with a median surprise of a very weak 1.1%. The median surprise for these same companies was 3.6% in the first quarter.

For a detailed look on aggregate earnings, please read our weekly Earnings Trends write-up.

The economic calendar is also on the busy side this week, with a host of housing, inflation and manufacturing reports on the docket. Bernanke’s testimony Tuesday and Wednesday morning will also be significant, as the market will be trying to handicap his stance on the need for more monetary stimulus given recent weak economic readings.  

Monday - 7/16

  • We get the June Retail Sales numbers in the morning, with the ‘headline’ gains expected at 0.2% after May’s drop of the same magnitude. We also see the July Empire State regional manufacturing survey come out in the morning.  
  • Citigroup ((C - Free Report) ) will report in the morning, with the current Zacks Consensus EPS of 88 cents down from $1.04 60 days back.

Tuesday - 7/17

  • We have Bernanke’s testimony before Congress in the morning.
  • We will get the June CPI number come out in the morning, with the ‘headline’ number expected to be ‘unchanged’ and the ‘core’ reading up 0.2%. We will also get the June Industrial Production and the July Home Builders’ Index out after the market opens.
  • It’s a busy earnings day, with reports in the morning from Johnson & Johnson ((JNJ - Free Report) ) and Goldman Sachs ((GS - Free Report) ), while Intel ((INTC - Free Report) ) and Yahoo! () report after the close.




Sheraz Mian is the Director of Research for



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