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In a market that has been driven significantly by momentum and speculation this year, investors still have an eye on what matters in the end. Earnings! And if that focus continues, future earnings forecasts suggest a further broadening of the market is in order. The performance of the Magnificent 7 stocks in 2023 was stunning. The basket accounted for 58% of the 26.23% gain in the S&P 500 Index and the 7 stocks increased by an average of 76% for the year. Earnings growth for the Magnificent 7 was incredible for several reasons. NVIDIA had a massive increase in profits as a result of its Artificial Intelligence (AI) semiconductor chips. Apple, Google, and Microsoft had solid earnings growth, although Tesla saw earnings decline. The real earnings stars though were Meta and Amazon. Both saw huge earnings increases in 2023 as a result of significant cost cutting and easy comparisons to the disastrous earnings both companies reported for 2022. Meta increased earnings by nearly 70% in 2023 after seeing a 37% decline in earnings the prior year. Amazon actually lost money in 2022 after earning over $30 billion in 2021. This past year they again earned over $30 billion. Both companies rebounded and earnings growth was off the charts compared to 2022 declines.

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