Second quarter earnings data released in the U.S. is set to disappoint investors, John Butters, Senior Earnings Analyst at FactSet told CNBC.
Butters estimates earnings for S&P 500 companies to grow by 3 percent, which would be the lowest growth in three years. In addition, most of that growth will come from one company, Bank of America .
“They’re having an unusually large contribution to the overall growth rate. If we exclude Bank of America, that 3 percent expected growth for the index drops down to a decline of 2 percent.” He said.It was a similar story with the technology sector. Apple is set to be the largest contributor to growth and Butters cited the impact of weakness in Europe and in the emerging markets.“Overall for tech we’re looking at about 3 percent growth as well, but if you remove Apple, that growth rate drops down to a decline of 2.5 percent.” He said.Page 1 of 2 | Next Page