Daily Archives: July 11, 2012

John Authers

Companies are talking down their earnings prospects at a record rate. For the second quarter of this year, negative pre-announcements have outnumbered positive ones by the most since the third quarter of 2001 – the quarter that included the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

That kind of shift in earnings sentiment would usually be damaging for stocks. But in this interview, Citigroup’s Tobias Levkovich comes up with an interesting argument that the worst is already over – providing the US avoids a recession.

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James Mackintosh

The new blog challenge: put these in order of how awful they’ve been since the euro was created:

  • Greek banks
  • Irish banks
  • Spanish banks
  • Italian banks
  • French banks
  • British banks
  • German banks
  • American banks

It is a serious challenge, given how much everyone hates all the banks. But if forced to choose, the order might reasonably go something like the above – the periphery, in order of rescue, middling eurozone, then the Brits (many of them already nationalised, plus the Libor-struck Barclays), followed by under-capitalised Germans and finally the resurgent Americans as the best of a bad bunch.

Equity investors don’t seem to share this view, as this great chart shows. Read more