Today’s GDP release (Q2, 2nd Estimate) was accompanied by the BLS Corporate Profits (preliminary estimate) report for the 2nd Quarter.
Of course, there are many ways to adjust and depict overall Corporate Profits. For reference purposes, here is a chart from the St. Louis Federal Reserve (FRED) showing the Corporate Profits After Tax (last updated August 29,2013, with a value of $1830.4 Billion) :
Here is the Corporate Profits After Tax measure shown on a Percentage Change from a Year Ago perspective:
Data Source: FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: Corporate Profits After Tax [CP]; U.S. Department of Commerce: Bureau of Economic Analysis; accessed August 29, 2013; https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/CP
The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation
SPX at 1638.34 as this post is written