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‘Recession’ Talk Fades as Companies Shrug Off Higher Interest Rates [Video]

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A recent study of earnings calls by S&P 500 companies has shown mentions of the word “recession” have declined for a seventh consecutive quarter.

FactSet studied earnings call transcripts by all of the S&P 500 companies from March 15 through June 6 for mentions of the word “recession.” Only 29 of those firms cited the term, which was much lower than the five-year average of 83 and the 10-year average of 60. This was also the lowest number of “recession” mentions since the fourth quarter of 2021.

The survey noted that the financials and industrial sectors had the highest concern about “recession,” with 11 and seven mentions, respectively.

FactSet also noted that the term “soft landing” was used on the first-quarter earnings calls of 13 S&P 500 companies. Analysts are increasingly confident that the economy can continue to weather higher interest rates and stubborn inflation without a risk of recession.

In its latest Earnings Tracker report, Bank of America (BofA) Securities predicted …

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