David Frum

04.02.13

Actual Companies Don't Share Wall Street's Euphoria

You know who doesn't share today's stock-market euphoria?

The people who run the companies that issue the stocks.

As the first quarter drew to a close, 86 companies in the S&P 500 issued negative guidance for what they expect to report in earnings for that period. Just 24 issued positive guidance. At 3.58 negative updates for every positive one, that is by far the highest ratio since FactSet began tracking such data in 2006.