Stocks Have an Earnings Problem

U.S. companies lately have only good news to share with their investors. That might actually foretell a problem for stocks.

First-quarter earnings season is shaping up to be a particularly strong one. More than half of companies in the S&P 500 have reported results and about 80% of those have topped analyst profit expectations. On average, earnings per share in those companies have grown by about 23% from a year ago, according to FactSet.

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