S&P 500 vs. Profit Margins

S&P 500 vs. Profit Margins Do valuations still matter? The current divergence between the S&P 500 and profit margins is huge. Image: Crescat Capital LLC

U.S. NIPA Profit Margins and Recessions

U.S. NIPA Profit Margins and Recessions Chart showing the longest margin contraction in post-war history, for nearly 5 years. Image: Oxford Economics

Profit Margins of S&P Large Caps and Small Caps

Profit Margins of S&P Large Caps and Small Caps Profit margins between small and large caps are widening. Industries with highest concentrations are getting all of the profit margin improvement. Image: Arbor Research & Trading LLC

U.S. Corporate Profit Margin and Recession

U.S. Corporate Profit Margin and Recession The chart shows a U.S. corporate profit margin proxy. If it declines below 10% in this business cycle (red line), it could suggest a coming recession.

Increased Productivity Boosts Profits Margins

Increased Productivity Boosts Profits Margins When a company increases productivity, it makes more products without increasing costs. Higher productivity can improve the company’s profit margin and total profits. During this business cycle, productivity has increased at an average rate of 1.3% year-over-year. But productivity has been cut in half since the previous business cycle. You…

Global Nominal GDP and Corporate Profits

Global Nominal GDP and Corporate Profits This chart shows the correlation and the slowdown in global growth and corporate profits. Historically, margin pressures have preceded the start of recessions. Image: J.P. Morgan

Top 5 vs. S&P 500 ex-Top 5 – YoY Contribution of EPS and P/E to Returns

Top 5 vs. S&P 500 ex-Top 5 – YoY Contribution of EPS and P/E to Returns The performance gap could widen further, as the top 5 largest stocks in the S&P 500 are superior on almost every financial metric (revenue, profit growth, margin structure, volatility and corporate leverage). Image: Credit Suisse Research