The Earnings Recovery Is A Sham

Our analysis of the latest 10-K filings for the 2,600 largest and most actively-traded companies shows that the much-hyped end to the earnings recession is an accounting illusion.

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10-K Filing Season Recap

During filing season, our robo-analyst technology read through 2,139 10-K (or international equivalent) filings and collected 49,862 data points. Our analyst team used this data to make 49,862 adjustments with a dollar value of $16.1 trillion.

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Filing Season Finds: Week Of March 20–24

Last week, our analysts parsed 127 10-K filings and collected 16,552 data points. In total, they made 2,964 forensic accounting adjustments with a dollar value of $1.7 trillion.

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Filing Season Finds: Week Of March 13–17

Last week, our analysts parsed 350 filings and collected 43,532 data points. Senior Analyst Lindsay Bohannon identified two significant hidden items that artificially depressed CODI’s reported GAAP net income in 2016.

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Filing Season Finds: Friday, March 17

From yesterday’s research, analysts parsed 64 10-K filings and collected 8,054 data points. In total, they made 1,318 forensic accounting adjustments with a dollar value of $55 billion. Analyst Allen L. Jackson found an unusual item yesterday in Alcoa’s (AA) 10-K.

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Filing Season Finds: Thursday, March 16

From yesterday’s research, analysts parsed 48 10-K filings and collected 6,034 data points. In total, they made 964 forensic accounting adjustments with a dollar value of $135 billion. Analyst Lindsay Bohannon found an unusual item yesterday in OraSure Technologies’ (OSUR) 10-K.

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Filing Season Finds: Wednesday, March 15

From yesterday’s research, analysts parsed 51 10-K filings and collected 6,534 data points. In total, they made 1,064 forensic accounting adjustments with a dollar value of $37 billion. Analyst Lindsay Bohannon found an unusual item yesterday in Pzena Investment Management’s (PZN) 10-K.

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Filing Season Finds: Tuesday, March 14

From yesterday’s research, analysts parsed 94 10-K filings and collected 11,843 data points. In total, they made 1,961 forensic accounting adjustments with a dollar value of $79 billion. Analyst Cody Fincher found an unusual item yesterday in Acacia Research Corporation’s (ACTG) 10-K.

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Filing Season Finds: Week Of March 4–10

Last week, our analysts parsed 452 filings and collected 58,771 data points. In total, they made 9,978 adjustments with a dollar value of $1.5 trillion. Analyst Hunter Gray made a number of adjustments to Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDS.A) 20-F that caused us to downgrade the stock from Dangerous to Very Dangerous.

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Filing Season Finds: Friday, March 10

From yesterday’s research, analysts parsed 42 10-K filings and collected 5,533 data points. In total they made 965 forensic accounting adjustments with a dollar value of $108 billion. Analyst Alec Estrada found an unusual item yesterday in Ascent Capital Group’s (ASCMA) 10-K.

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Filing Season Finds: Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX)

Analyst Cody Fincher made a total of 44 adjustments to Valeant’s financial statements with a total value of $50 billion. Here are our four largest takeaways from Valeant’s 10-K.

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Filing Season Finds: Thursday, March 9

From yesterday’s research, analysts parsed 63 10-K filings and collected 8,240 data points. In total they made 1,379 forensic accounting adjustments with a dollar value of $200 billion. Analyst Cody Fincher found an unusual item yesterday in Astrazeneca PLC’s (AZN) 20-F.

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Filing Season Finds: Wednesday, March 8

From yesterday’s research, analysts parsed 104 10-K filings and collected 12,874 data points. In total, they made 2,194 forensic accounting adjustments with a dollar value of $117 billion. Analyst Cody Fincher found an unusual item yesterday in Cytokinetics’ (CYTK) 10-K.

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Filing Season Finds: Tuesday, March 7

From Saturday to Monday’s research, analysts parsed 179 10-K filings and collected 24,318 data points. In total, they made 4,084 forensic accounting adjustments with a dollar value of $480 billion. Analyst Lindsay Bohannon found an unusual item yesterday in The Habit Restaurants’ (HABT) 10-K.

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Filing Season Finds: Week Of February 25 – March 3

Last week, our analysts parsed 700 filings and collected 102,289 data points. In total, they made 17,454 adjustments with a dollar value of $6.1 trillion. Analyst Allen L. Jackson found a few items in US Steel’s (X) 10-K that caused us to downgrade the stock from Dangerous to Very Dangerous.

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Filing Season Finds: Friday, March 3

Yesterday, our analysts parsed 128 filings and collected 18,702 data points. In total, they made 3,174 adjustments with a dollar value of $1.1 trillion. In particular, analyst Peter Apockotos found an unusual item yesterday in MGM Resorts (MGM) 10-K.

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Filing Season Finds: Thursday, March 2

Yesterday, our analysts parsed 134 filings and collected 20,247 data points. In total, they made 3,401 adjustments with a dollar value of $1.3 trillion. In particular, analyst Hunter Gray found an unusual item yesterday in Nabors Industries’ (NBR) 10-K.

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Filing Season Finds: Wednesday, March 1

Yesterday, our analysts parsed 131 filings and collected 19,357 data points. In total, they made 3,384 adjustments with a dollar value of $1.3 trillion. In particular, analyst Peter Apockotos found an unusual item yesterday in Chart Industries (GTLS) 10-K.

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Filing Season Finds: Tuesday, February 28

Yesterday, our analysts parsed 125 filings and collected 17,650 data points. In total, they made 2,921 adjustments with a dollar value of $599 billion. In particular, analyst Allen L. Jackson found an unusual item yesterday in Allegheny Technologies (ATI) 10-K.

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Filing Season Finds: Week Of February 21-25

Last week, our analysts parsed 378 filings and collected 56,507 data points. In total, they made 9,646 adjustments with a dollar value of $5.3 trillion. Analyst Lindsay Bohannon found a few items in Cigna’s 10-K last week that should put the stock back on investors’ radar.

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