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Risk of US corporate recession rises as Wall St earnings outlook dims

Analysts have also made deep cuts to forecasts for the rest of the year

Reuters  |  London 

Wall Street, US stocks

The outlook for Wall Street earnings has deteriorated significantly in recent months, data shows, raising the risk that in the may slip into before its economy does - with close behind.

Analysts on average expect the S&P 500's first-quarter earnings per share to drop 0.3 percent year-on-year, according to I/B/E/S Refinitiv data.

That's a big drop from the 8.2 percent rise expected as recently as October and would mark the first contraction in U.S. company earnings in three years.

Analysts have also made deep cuts to forecasts for the rest of the year.

They still expect growth in the remaining three quarters, meaning Wall Street would avoid a technical typically defined as a fall in two consecutive quarters. But only just, as the lowered growth forecasts are meagre.

The swift pace and size of the cuts have kindled concerns that the downward trend will continue, particularly as struggle with squeezed margins and large amounts of debt.

The full-year estimate stands at just 4.2 percent now, down more than half from 10.2 percent in October.

It's pretty gloomy on the other side of the Atlantic too. Analysts anticipate barely any growth among European listed on the STOXX 600 at the slowest in 18 months, data shows.

First Published: Fri, February 15 2019. 17:27 IST