May seem like a small data point but this week showed the first sequential improvement in the “4-week” rate of change in the SP 500 2019 and 2020 EPS estimate since – guess when – September 21 ’18.

At least for the 2019 EPS estimate.

The spreadsheet shows the actual data in the highlighted blocks.

Geeky stuff – but its part of what this blog is all about every weekend.

**SP 500 earnings data – by the numbers: **

$171.87 vs $172.03 last week**Fwd 4-qtr est:**16.8x**PE ratio:**3.3x**PEG ratio:**5.96% vs last week’s 5.84%**SP 500 earnings yield:**5% vs 5.2% last week**Year-over-year growth of fwd est:**

* Summary / conclusion: *After the Q4 ’18 correction, the data was reviewed and I noticed the “4-week” rate of change turned lower around the 3rd week of September ’18. For 2019, the “4-week” rate of change has sequentially improved for the first time since that September ’18 date, so let’s see if the 4-week rate of change is an effective forecasting tool, at least in terms of earnings recessions. The SP 500 “earnings yield” remains near 6% as it has the last 4 – 6 weeks, and that’s usually a good sign. Relative to earnings and expected growth, the market is not terribly or even unreasonably valued, and this is after a week of “tariff fear”.

One final metric: Q1 ’19 SP 500 expected revenue growth of +5.6% is actually stronger than than Q4 ’18’s +5.1%. Health Care is unusually strong for Q1 and Q2 ’19 and I’ve asked IBES by Refinitiv for some clarification. Health Care revenue is expected to grow 14% in Q1 ’19, well above it’s longer-term average.