Posts filed under “Data Analysis”

Earnings Season Begins

Earnings season begings in earnest this week, with several majors reporting. There’s a nice preview at the public site of the WSJ:

TUES Jan 16

WEDS Jan. 17
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. & Washington Mutual
AMR Corp. & Southwest Airlines

THURS, Jan. 18
Merrill Lynch

FRI, Jan. 19
General Electric

I came across three very interesting but different issues relative to earnings season: The first was via Birinyi Associates, who looked at market performance relative to whether we were in or out of "Earnings Season" over the past 17 quarters.

As the chart and 1st table below shows, markets seem to do better off season than on:



The second was from Morningstar, who evaluated each S&P sector to determine relative valuation. Energy was the only sector they determined to be beow fair value.


One thing worth noting: Stocks stend to swing way above and below fair value . . .


Lastly, something stood out in today’s WSJ which I need to investigate further. The Journal noted that:

"According to both Thomson and Reuters, the S&P 500 is trading at less than 15 times this year’s expected earnings, which is cheap compared with long-term averages of about 20 times earnings."

Long term average of 20 forward P/E? That sounds awfully high. I need to look into the source of that, including whatever period it covers. My guess is that its a shorter term history (10 or 20 years?) dominated by the high P/E 1990s period, skewing it higher.


Earnings’ Stretch Run 
If Corporate Growth Slows,  Stocks Could Look Too Pricey
WSJ, January 16, 2007; Page C1

Category: Data Analysis, Earnings, Investing, Markets

World’s Assets Hit Record Value Of $140 Trillion

Category: Data Analysis, Investing, Markets

More Evidence of the Housing Bottom ?

Category: Data Analysis, Real Estate

NAR: Home Prices Seen Rising in ’07

Category: Data Analysis, Investing, Psychology, Real Estate

Yield Curve: Its different this time

Category: Data Analysis, Federal Reserve, Fixed Income/Interest Rates, Investing, Psychology

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Category: Data Analysis, Employment

NFPayroll Day

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Employment

The Daunting Overhang of Unsold Houses

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Real Estate

Housing Bottoming ?

Some of the recent Housing data has been “encouraging:” • Sales for existing homes rose in November for the second straight month; • New single-family homes rose 3.4% in November (seasonally adjusted), following a 3.8 percent decline in October; • Inventory backlog declined to a 6.3-month supply in November (from 6.7-months); •  The 4 week…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Real Estate

Journalists, Heal Thyselves

Category: Data Analysis, Financial Press, Retail