BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Enough companies have reported third-quarter earnings to reveal the state of U.S. business. Of the S&P 500's constituents, 284 have released financial results, with 77% of those beating Wall Street's estimates.Still, analysts have been cutting earnings-per-share estimates. The bottom-up EPS estimate for S&P 500 companies for the fourth quarter now stands at $25.03, down 3% from Sept. 30.
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