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FactSet Earnings Insight: 2019 Second Quarter Earnings in Review

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The earnings season in the second quarter of 2019 came to end after trade and macroeconomic worries had given plenty of investors reason to fear the reports. FactSet Earnings Insights provides some review of the results in Q2 from its FactSet Earnings Insight data sheet. The figures focus on the S&P 500 constituents but paint a good picture of how the sectors fared in the earnings seasons.


Based on the data, S&P 500 companies fared relatively well compared to estimates in the second quarter on the bottom line. 75 percent of companies reported earnings above estimates and just 17 came in below. Technology continued to impress being on the higher end of the sector spectrum as 81 percent report earnings above estimates. Utilities was the only sector that was pessimistic with at least half reporting earnings below estimates. The Energy sector fought off volatile commodity prices to report earnings above estimates 72 percent of the time.


Beats were less likely on the top line thoug…