Courtesy of Tyler Durden
David AJ Cohen replacement, DK, continues to be shocked, shocked, by the market’s behavior: “Arguably the S&P 500’s recent 7% rise heading into earnings season largely discounted much of the earnings upside. But it is not a positive sign when firms such as the Industrial firm W.W. Grainger (GWW) posts strong results with June US organic sales up 12% year/year and July tracking in-line with June so far and the shares close essentially flat on the week.” He explains this “inconsistency” as follows: “As noted, investors are intensely focused on the profit outlook for 2011. Investors are currently worried about the trajectory of US economic growth in 2H 2010 and the possibility of a double dip recession in 2011. Scrutiny is being directed to how various economic scenarios will affect 2011 EPS.” At the end of the day Kostin tries to remain cool, calm and collected, and throws out the zinger that he sees nearly $100 EPS in 2011 in a time when even Goldman admits GDP growth getting us there would be 1.5% in H2 2010 and 2.5% in 2011. Good luck. Also included are the usual plethora of pretty charts.