The nation’s biggest companies are raking it in. Here’s what’s driving the profit boom.


Corporate America's bottom line is booming on the back of a resurgent economy and the prospect that the good times are just getting started.

As of May 23, some 3,193 publicly traded U.S. companies had closed the books on 2018's first fiscal quarter, reporting combined net income of $358.3 billion during the three-month span. The total marked a 26 percent year-over-year surge over the group's tally over the same quarter in 2017 and a whopping 63 percent increase over what was reported in 2016's corresponding…

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