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According to FactSet for the first quarter of 2014 the S&P 500 companies reported earnings growth of 2.1% and are currently expected to increase earnings by 5.7% in the second quarter, down from 6.9% on March 31. Revenue growth came in at about 2.4% for the first quarter and is expected to be 3.1% in the second quarter. Over the past four years analysts have overestimated the second half earnings growth by 43% for the third quarter and 48% for the fourth quarter based on June 1 earnings projections

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