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The pace of earnings reports has picked up steam considerably, but the pace of earnings beats has remained strong so far. This morning, nearly 80% of companies reporting have topped EPS forecasts and more than 70% have topped revenue forecasts. All in all, a strong showing. We’re also even seeing a number of positive price reactions to the companies reporting with UPS being a notable winner in early trading.
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The S&P 500 hit an all-time high yesterday, and overall breadth has remained positive. One example we wanted to highlight this morning is the fact that of the 62 industries within the S&P 500, 49 (79%) are within 5% of a 52-week high, and 21 (34%) are within 1% of a high. That leaves just 13 industries (21%), which are highlighted in the chart below, down more than 5% from their respective 52-week highs. Leading the way to the downside, Energy Equipment is down nearly 17% after its blistering rally late last year and early this year while the Autos group is down just over 14%. Another notable industry in the group is Technology Hardware, which is basically a proxy for Apple (AAPL). That’s the only industry from the Technology sector in the group that is down over 5%, but we did find it interesting that two other industries with the word ‘technology’ in them are also included- Biotechnology (-5.02%) and Health Care Technology (-10.2%).