From the Desk of Willie Delwiche.
Nearly three-quarters of the way through Q4 earnings season, two things stand out: stocks that have reported earnings misses have been less severely punished than in the past and an increasing number of companies are having their earnings estimates for the coming year revised higher.
Why It Matters: This earnings season has hardly been spectacular and the percentage of companies beating estimates has been below average. Aggregate earnings numbers may (or may not) need to be revised lower as we move through 2023. But at this point, the worst case scenarios are not playing out and that has left plenty of folks offsides. Investors have moved to embrace the strength we have seen so far in 2023 and analysts are running higher numbers through their models. After seeing fewer and fewer upward revisions to earnings estimates in H2 2021 and H1 2022, the trend stabilized over the second half of last year and for now is ticking higher. The market doesn’t tend to get into too much trouble when analysts have gotten too pessimistic.