Third quarter earnings are expected to be flat to slightly negative compared with a year ago. So far, 35 companies in the S&P 500 have reported earnings for the third quarter of 2012. This week, 80 companies are scheduled to report. While investors are very focused on what the profits were for the past quarter, it is what they may turn out to be over the next several quarters that will likely have…

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Companies Finding It Harder To Manufacture Profits