As the world awaits the outcome of the US Presidential and Congressional elections, one important trend that has been largely overlooked during the period of election uncertainty is the return to profit growth of the US corporate sector. Over 85% of the companies in the S&P 500 index have already reported earnings for Q3 2016. Of those companies 71% have reported earnings above the mean estimate and 54% have reported sales above the mean estimate, based on FactSet data.