Seeing more of this: the earnings cliff may be here. Reaction is very perverse, these individual stocks get hit, but the indexes look rigged with little response so far.
- Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY): Earnings of $0.98/share up 5.4% Y/Y. FQ2 comparable store sales +3.5% vs. +5.6% in 2011 FQ2. FQ3 earnings guidance is roughly inline with previous guidance at $0.99-1.04. The miss on the bottom line gives investors an excuse to sell and they don’t pass it up. Shares -5.4% AH.
- Adobe sees Q4 revenue of $1.08 billion-$1.13 billion. Est. $1.21 billion
- MMM CEO Inge Thulin says its initial 7%-8% revenue growth forecast is now a “stretch target… The market has changed since that target was put in place. It was done in a different economic environment.”
- Fed Ex CEO on China, ”I’ve been somewhat amused watching some of the China observers, I think, completely underestimate the effects of the slower exports on the overall China economy.”
- Food set to soar after animal slaughter, a full freezer might be in order. How do restaurants deal with this?
Durable goods orders track the S&P closely, and are rolling over. The fiscal cliff is already starting to cause a retrenchment. Yes, I know what you thinking, this is based on pre-central planning principles, how quaint.
PE ratios have blown out in anticipation of QE. Now what?
source: Zero Hedge
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