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The Canadian S&P/TSX composite index is entering another reporting season. 15 companies have yet to report in January representing 10 per cent of total market capitalization. This will be followed by another 136 index constituents in February and 83 in March representing respectively 70 per cent and 19 per cent of S&P/TSX composite market capitalization.
The S&P/TSX composite index estimate of net income for the Q4 2013 calendar quarter is $26,380-million which represents a decline of 1.7 per cent (Q/Q).
The S&P/TSX composite index estimate of sales/revenue for the Q4 2013 calendar quarter is $272,298-million which represents a growth rate of +6.8 per cent (Q/Q).
Profit Margin expectations
The S&P/TSX composite index estimate of profit margin for the Q4 2013 calendar quarter is 9.7 per cent, which represents a decline compared to last year's performance (10.5 per cent).
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