S&P 500 Index: Earnings to plunge 60% in Q2, biggest decline since 2009 – Goldman Sachs

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The Goldman Sachs analysts expect S&P 500 earnings per share (EPS) to drop 60% in the second quarter, the biggest decline since the 2009 Global Financial Crisis (GFC).

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“2Q earnings season kicks off in earnest next week, with the large US Banks reporting results. Consensus forecasts S&P 500 EPS will decline by 44% year/year in 2Q, but we believe earnings will fall by 60% in the quarter.” 

“If realized, 2Q 2020 EPS growth would be the weakest since 4Q 2009, EPS fell 65% in that quarter.”

“Baseline scenario for the S&P 500’s average EPS is a fall of 30% compared to 2019. EPS for 2020 will average at $115.”

“Maintained its previous EPS forecast for full-year 2021 at $170, up 48% from 2020. For the year 2022, the US banking giant says EPS will continue to rise, hitting $188, a gain of 11%.”

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