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This week’s chart takes a look at the S&P 500 index in direct correlation to corporate profit earnings. Thriving on corporate profits, the S&P 500 index closed at 1593.37 this past Thursday, its highest level in history. Profits by corporations, in addition to a recovering housing market have helped expand the economy for 14 consecutive quarters. Corporate profits can be attributed to the elevated growth in emerging economies in conjunction with the positive contribution of drastically lower interest rates to the bottom line.
With corporate spreads tightening and record low interest rates, investors seeking higher returns are diverting from secure investments and saving accounts to riskier investments such as stocks. The preceding 10 months have demonstrated that stocks have advanced approximately 25%, as measured by the S&P 500, with $6 trillion of wealth created for U.S. households, institutional investors, and corporations.
With corporate profits blooming, the U.S. stock market is becoming one of the strongest bull markets in 50 years. Charged by growing signs of a recuperating economy, the S&P 500 has now recouped more than all of its losses since the financial collapse and crisis of 2008.
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