Investors worried about corporate earnings

Investors already fretting about the health of the global economy now face another worry: disappointing corporate earnings. The corporate sector had been the bright spot in the investment landscape, with high profitability, healthy balance sheets and flushed with cash. Now companies are being hit on a number of fronts, including slowing economies in China, Europe and the US, and a strengthening Dollar which reduces profits made from international sales for widely-held US companies.

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