U.S. stocks surrendered some of yesterday’s strong gains as weak data on personal income and spending and a drop in the pending home sales index, along with bleak earnings prospects from reporting consumer companies stoked fears that the economic recovery was losing momentum. Investors shunned risky assets and turned to the safety of US treasuries. Modest gains in July’s U.S. car sales also raised concerns about the health of the industry's recovery.
In earnings, 352 companies in the S&P 500 so far have reported, with 268, or 76%, beating the average estimates of analysts. Average estimates for earnings-per-share have been revised up slightly to US$20.70 from US$20.67, and actual EPS currently stands at US$20.53.
in RGE, by Tetiana Sears