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Frontier Communications Corporation (FTR - Analyst Report) is scheduled to report fourth-quarter 2013 results after the closing bell on Feb 24, 2014.

In the last quarter, the company's earnings came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Factors to Influence This Quarter

Frontier Communications focuses on generating additional revenues through customer retention and market share gains, new product deployments, broadband expansion as well as improved sales and marketing initiatives.

However, Frontier Communications remains significantly challenged by slow economic recovery in its service territories and competes with the loss of legacy fixed telephony business to wireless and other offerings. Approximately 65% of the company’s access lines are exposed to cable voice service offerings. The company is also struggling to counter customer loss and rising costs.

Earnings Whispers

Our proven model does not conclusively show that Frontier Communications is likely to beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate this quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1, 2 or 3 for this to happen. Unfortunately, this is not the case here as elaborated below. The Sell-rated stocks (#4 and 5) should never be considered going into an earnings announcement.

Zero Zacks ESP: The Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate are poised at $0.06. Hence, the ESP is 0.00%.

Zacks Rank #3 (Hold): Frontier Communication's Zacks Rank #3 decreases the predictive power of ESP.

We caution investors against the stock going into the earnings announcement, as a Zacks Earnings ESP of 0.00% combined with a Zacks Rank #3 lowers the possibility of an earnings surprise.

Other Stocks to Consider

Here are some other companies to consider as our model shows these have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter.

Charter Communications, Inc. (CHTR - Analyst Report) with earnings ESP of +138.10% and Zacks Rank #3.

Cablevision Systems Corporation (CVC - Analyst Report) with earnings ESP of +33.33% and Zacks Rank #3.

BlackBerry Limited (BBRY - Analyst Report) with earnings ESP of +33.93% and Zacks Rank #3.

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