CHART OF THE DAY: Apple Is The Entire Reason Why Tech Earnings Are Falling

Apple is the second largest stock in the S&P 500, and it is by far the largest company in the information technology sector.

As such, it has a huge impact on aggregate earnings growth.

The iPhone maker is scheduled to report its Q1 earnings next Tuesday.  And analysts expect earnings per share to fall to $10.03 from $12.30 a year ago.

“As a result of this expected decrease in EPS and Apple’s earnings weight in the index, the company is projected to be the largest contributor to the year-over-year decline in earnings projected for the Information Technology sector in the first quarter,” says FactSet’s John Butters.  “The earnings growth rate for the Information Technology sector is -4.0%. If Apple is excluded, the earnings growth for the sector improves to 0.2%.”

Here’s a look at three and a half years of IT sector earnings growth with and without Apple.

FactSet

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