Earnings pessimism among U.S. chief executive officers is climbing to levels last seen when the Standard & Poors 500 Index was mired in bear markets.
Over the last four weeks, the ratio of companies saying profits will trail estimates compared with those saying they will exceed them climbed to 4.3, according to 69 earnings previews compiled by Bloomberg.
The economy is fairly weak, probably weaker than most people realized, said William Frels, chief executive officer at St. Paul, Minn.-based Mairs & Power Inc. Id not be a bit surprised if earnings come in under expectations. The question is how much under.
Banks in China resist push to cut loan costs
Chinas biggest banks are resisting government pressure to lower borrowing costs amid an economic slowdown as they seek to maintain the profitability of their lending operations, officials at the top four lenders said.
The banks are limiting discounts for their best corporate clients to 10 percent of the benchmark lending rate, the officials said, asking not to be identified as theyre not authorized to speak publicly.