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Tale of the Tape

Looking for a stock that might be in a good position to beat earnings at its next report? Consider E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. , a firm in the internet services industry, which could be a great candidate for another beat.
 
This company has seen a nice streak of beating earnings estimates, especially when looking at the previous two reports. In fact, in these reports, DANG has beaten estimates by at least 15% in both cases, suggesting it has a nice short-term history of crushing expectations.
 
Earnings in Focus
 
Two quarters ago, DANG expected to incur loss of 16 cents per share, while it actually incurred a loss of 13 cents per share, reporting a positive surprise of 18.75%. Meanwhile, for the most recent quarter, the company looked to incur loss of 10 cents per share, when it actually saw loss of 6 cents per share instead, representing a 40.0% positive surprise.
 
Thanks in part to this history, recent estimates have been moving higher for E-Commerce China Dangdang. In fact, the Earnings ESP for DANG is positive, which is a great sign of a coming beat.
 
After all, the Zacks Earnings ESP compares the most accurate estimate to the broad consensus, looking to find stocks that have seen big revisions as of late, suggesting that analysts have recently become more bullish on the company’s earnings prospects. This is the case for DANG as the firm currently has a Zacks Earnings ESP of 62.50%, so another beat could be around the corner.
 
This is particularly true when you consider that DANG has a great Zacks Rank # 2 which can be a harbinger of outperformance and a signal for a strong earnings profile. And when you add this solid Zacks Rank to a positive Earnings ESP, a positive earnings surprise happens nearly 70% of the time, so it seems pretty likely that DANG could see another beat at its next report, especially if recent trends are any guide.
 
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