How Long Will Profit Margins Continue to Defy The Skeptics?

Weekly Market Commentary 10-19-15

Profit margins may continue to defy the skeptics and remain elevated. The primary drivers of robust corporate profit margins remain largely intact, including limited wage pressure, corporate efficiency, and low input costs, and support our view that earnings growth may be poised to accelerate through year-end and into 2016. Despite a lack of revenue growth, the operating margin for the S&P 500 remains near multi-decade highs; we expect corporate America to continue to defy the skeptics and potentially generate strong profit margins over the next several quarters and likely beyond.

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