We’ve seen a lot of 2011 Q4 earnings already this year. There have certainly been some standouts like the United Parcel Service (UPS) and Apple (AAPL), as well as some disappointments, such as Google (GOOG). Here’s a short informative article from Blue Chip Growth detailing why earnings were less than stellar because of unfavorable year over year comparisons. Not to mention the fact that some sectors have just cratered recently, including consumer staples, energy and financial. They seem to think that international industrial companies, such as Caterpillar (CAT) have been the strongest performers.