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Earnings Season Playbook: Q3 2023 Reports To Watch

Just like that, we’re in Q4, which means Q3 2023 earnings season is upon us. Equities have risen most of the year despite corporate profits lingering below their Q4 2021 level (more on that below). However, the last three months have pressured the stock market’s returns for 2023. After a 5.6% dip since July 31, the S&P 500 is currently up 12.8% YTD

Despite the recent retreat, the Magnificent Seven stocks still constitute 29% of the S&P 500, their earnings results have the potential to move the broader market substantially. Positive results could lift the entire index, while disappointing figures might drag it down, underscoring their pivotal role in the modern equity environment.

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Long-term yields have soared to decade-highs, introducing a fresh risk-free return avenue through Treasuries. This shift isn’t good news for stocks since investors now seek greater returns from the “riskier” equity market. The Utilities Sector has been one of the biggest laggards, as more income-centric or risk-averse investors can now get a 4.8% yield on the 10-year Treasury.

If rates stay higher for longer, borrowing costs will impact corporate profits and drag on earnings. Higher rates also slow down the consumer, who has over $1 trillion in revolving credit. Finally, a strengthening US dollar creates profit headwinds for multinational companies.

“Earnings Season”: the months during which most publicly traded publicly traded companies release quarterly financial results & earnings reports, notably earnings-per-share (EPS) and revenue, usually in January, April, July, and October.

Whether you’re a buy-and-hold investor or trade around earnings, Our Earnings Season Playbook is designed to keep you and your clients informed.

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Corporate Profits at the Market Level

Biggest Beats of Q2 2023
Biggest Misses of Q2 2023
Stock Earnings Calendar
Using YCharts to Navigate Earnings Season

Corporate Profits at the Market Level

Since the March 2020 bottom, equities rallied on strong corporate profits and improving sentiment—until 2022. According to Standard & Poor’s, the composite EPS for all S&P 500 stocks reached an all-time high of 53.94 in Q4 2021.

However, as of Q1 2023, the most recent data available, composite EPS retreated 10.3% from its previous peak. Based on forward estimates, S&P 500 earnings are anticipated to revisit their previous high by Q3 2023.

S&P 500 Earnings and Forward Estimate as of Q2 2023

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This year’s rally has nudged the S&P 500’s valuation higher. The S&P 500 Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio stands at 24.59, reflecting a 4.81% increase from the preceding quarter and slightly above its historical average of 24.31. Market analysts are left wondering if corporate earnings can support this accelerated price trend.

Based on analyst expectations, S&P 500 Forward P/E is 19, which is below the long-term average of 23. With that in mind, there are two prevailing narratives. The bullish narrative is that the market is currently undervalued and we’re set up for a year-end rally. The bearish narrative is that forward earnings estimates are too high and results will come in lower than expected. The result would be a pull back for the broader market.

S&P 500 PE Ratio and Forward Estimate as of Q2 2023

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Biggest Earnings Beats of Q2 2023

Looking at earnings reports from Q2 2023—the most recent data available—there were 14 companies across the S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 that beat consensus estimates by 75% or more.

Can these names continue their strong winning ways this earnings season?

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Biggest Earnings Misses of Q2 2023

The same reports from Q2 earnings season can also be used to identify names at the bottom of the barrel. Last quarter, 11 companies from the S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 reported EPS figures 25% or more below estimates.

If these were isolated performance lapses, could these names be poised to surprise the street this earnings season?

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Stock Earnings Calendar

To keep you organized this earnings season, this calendar below provides scheduled reporting dates for the 50 largest U.S. companies. A similar earnings calendar can also be created in YCharts for all stocks, or constituents of specific indices.

Using YCharts to Navigate Earnings Season

Find companies on an earnings beat run

To find companies that have beat analyst expectations over consecutive quarters, use Timeseries Analysis to quickly compile and align data like EPS Surprise, Forward EPS Estimates, and Actual EPS. Because companies report financial results on different days throughout earnings season, format unlike data by clicking “Frequency” then select “Market Quarterly” to align all EPS data to the standard quarter-ends.

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Armed with properly formatted data, click “Export” then either “Export Data” or “Export to Excel Add-in” (if using the YCharts Excel Add-in, the spreadsheet will be linked to YCharts and automatically update when new data becomes available). From here, you can layer additional formulas to identify which names have a streak of beating expectations.

If you spot a company of interest, use the Earnings Chart Quickflow to dig deeper by visualizing the company’s historical EPS beat and miss trends—and how the share price has responded. The Quickflows Menu is accessed via the blue tab on the right-hand side of YCharts.

Find companies with the biggest earnings beats and misses

Want to see which companies outpaced the street’s expectations? Or find opportunities in names that sold off after an earnings miss?

Use the Stock Screener to find companies with a positive Earnings Surprise and compare their data side-by-side. In the Stock Screener, add either a broad market index, like the S&P 500, or a more targeted list, such as your portfolio holdings, by clicking “Modify” and toggling between the “Equities” and “My Lists” menus. Then click “Add Filter” and type to search for “EPS Surprise” or related metrics, and set a range or equation for its value.

Click the screen’s name in the upper left corner to save, and distribute to colleagues by clicking “Share” in the upper right corner.

Create a custom earnings season calendar

Click “Data” in the top navigation bar, then “Events Calendar”. From here, a stock earnings calendar can be created by unchecking all Event types except “Earnings”. In the upper left corner, click “Select a List” to filter the calendar by stock style, index, sector, and more.

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