As earnings kick into 5th gear expected volatility has us on sidelines, for now

As earnings kick into 5th gear expected volatility has us on sidelines, for now

We are waist deep in March quarter earnings with more than 1,400 companies reporting this week — a 40% increase compared to last week. Mixed in that horde are 124 S&P 500 companies (including 2 DJIA components) reporting. By the end of the week that will mean 87% of the S&P 500 group of companies will have reported March quarter results. 

As we’ve shared with you thus far, overall earnings expectations for the S&P 500 group of companies has continued to trend lower since the end of 3Q 2015. The expected volatility has us on the sidelines from jumping on new positions . . . for now. But that doesn’t mean we’re not busy sharpening our pencils and getting ready for the right opportunity. 

In this week’s edition of Tematica Investing:

  • Ahead of its May 9 earnings report, we are adding online pet pharmacy Petmed Express (PETS) to the Tematica Contender List. 
  • Regal Entertainment (RGC) rides the strong movie box office to beat earnings expectations.
  • A Tematica Investing subscriber question opens the door for Amazon (AMZN) shares.
  • We’ve got the latest thematic supporting data points that ripped from the headlines around us.
  • What did we enjoy this week? The Big Green Egg of course.

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About the Author

Chris Versace, Chief Investment Officer
I'm the Chief Investment Officer of Tematica Research and editor of Tematica Investing newsletter. All of that capitalizes on my near 20 years in the investment industry, nearly all of it breaking down industries and recommending stocks. In that time, I've been ranked an All Star Analyst by Zacks Investment Research and my efforts in analyzing industries, companies and equities have been recognized by both Institutional Investor and Thomson Reuters’ StarMine Monitor. In my travels, I've covered cyclicals, tech and more, which gives me a different vantage point, one that uses not only an ecosystem or food chain perspective, but one that also examines demographics, economics, psychographics and more when formulating my investment views. The question I most often get is "Are you related to…."

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