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The Canadian S&P/TSX Composite index is entering another reporting season. Sixty companies have yet to report in April, representing 32% of total market capitalization. This will be followed by another156 index constituents in May and 13 in June, representing 62% and 2% of S&P/TSX Composite market capitalization, respectively.

Earnings expectations: The S&P/TSX Composite index estimate of net income for the Q1 2016 calendar quarter is $19,931-million, which represents a decline of 10.5% (Qt/Qt-4).

Sales/revenue expectations: The S&P/TSX Composite index estimate of sales/revenue for the Q1 2016 calendar quarter is $264,041-million, which is essentially the same level as last year.

Profit expectations: The S&P/TSX Composite index estimate of profit margin for the Q1 2016 calendar quarter is 7.5%, which represents a decline compared to last year's performance (8.4%).

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