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By now, the vast majority of S&P 500 companies (87%) have report earnings results for Q2 2015. Given the concerns of the market coming into this earnings season, including the debt crisis in Greece and the decline of the Chinese stock market, have these companies discussed specific factors that had an impact on earnings or revenues for the second quarter during their earnings conference calls? What factors have seen the largest increases relative to last year?

To answer this question, we searched for specific terms related to a number of factors (e.g., "currency," "Greece") in the conference call transcripts of the 415 earnings calls conducted by S&P 500 companies from June 1 through August 5. We then searched the for the same terms in the conference call transcripts of the 401 earnings calls conducted by S&P 500 companies through the same period last year to determine which factors witnessed increases and decreases in citations. 

Of the specific terms searched, the factor that was cited by the largest number of S&P 500 companies for Q2 2015 was "currency" at 233 (or 56% of the total of 415). The term that was cited by the second largest number of S&P 500 companies for Q2 2015 was "Europe" at 219 (or 53%). The term that was cited by the third largest number of S&P 500 companies for Q2 2015 was "China" at 184 (or 44%).

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However, it is interesting to note that the term that recorded the largest percentage increase in citations compared to last year (of the specific terms searched) was "Greece" at 388% (39 vs. 8). The term that saw the second largest percentage increase in citations compared to last year was "oil" at 48% (149 vs. 101). The term that witnessed the third largest percentage increase in citations compared to last year was "currency" at 45% (233 vs. 161).

Read more about earnings trends in this edition of FactSet Earnings Insight. Visit www.factset.com/earningsinsight to launch the latest report. FactSet will not publish an "Earnings Insight" report on August 14 or August 21. The next edition of this report will be published on August 28.

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John’s weekly research report, Earnings Insight provides analysis and commentary on trends in corporate earnings data for the S&P 500, including revisions to estimates, year-over-year growth, performance relative to expectations, and valuations. He is a widely used source for the media and has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News, and the Business News Network. In addition, he has been cited by numerous print and online publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New York Times, MarketWatch, and Yahoo! Finance.

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