A look at the state of the US economy through Q2 earnings reports of 34 major American companies

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Prognosticating what's in store for the U.S. economy is risky business, so we're not even going to try to do so. But, how is the U.S. economy progressing apart from what indicators like the unemployment rate tell us? Perhaps a portrait of the economy's overall health, nearly six years after the onset of the Great Recession, can begin to emerge when looking at the second quarter earnings reports of a cross-section of American corporations -- some new to the scene, like high-flying Facebook, and others iconic blue chip companies that have been around since the early 20th century, like Ford. Scroll through the slide show below and see which companies were the big winners during the second quarter, and which companies fell short of expectations.

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