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2023/05/24 / Erste Group Research

Mostly positive EPS surprises in 1Q

Rating Changes: ICICI Bank, Meta Platforms, WW Grainger, Deere & Co, Factset Research Systems , Morgan Stanley.

In the US, 95% of the companies in the S&P 500 released their 1Q results. 78% of the companies reported a positive earnings surprise. Thus, the earnings decline for the S&P 500 was only -2.2% y/y, significantly better than expected at the beginning of the quarter. (-6,6%). In Europe, 84% of Stoxx 600 companies reported 1Q results. Earnings were higher than expected for 66% of the companies. Overall, profits rose by +9.5% y/y. The financials, technology, and utilities sectors in particular contributed to the growth with profit increases of around 50% y/y.

It is apparent that with the expected end of interest rate hikes in the USA, investors are again significantly increasing the weighting of growth stocks (technology/healthcare/industry). We expect this trend to continue, especially as energy and commodity prices (including oil, gas, copper) fell, in some cases significantly, in Q2 and no trend reversal is apparent.

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AuthorErste Group Research
Product nameRecommendation List
Topic in focusEquities
Economy in focusEurozone, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Currency in focusBritish Pound, Euro, Swiss Franc, US Dollar
Sector in focusAutomobiles & Parts, Banks, Basic Resources, Chemicals, Construction & Material, Financial Services, Food & Beverage, Health Care, Industrial Goods & Services, Insurance, Media, Oil & Gas, Personal & Household Goods, Retail, Technology, Telecommunications, Travel & Leisure, Utilities