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Meredith Corporation (MDP - Analyst Report), one of the leading media and marketing companies with interests in publishing, broadcasting, integrated marketing and interactive media, is slated to report its fourth-quarter fiscal 2014 results on Jul 31. In the last quarter, it posted a positive surprise of 6.1%. Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Factors Influencing This Quarter

Meredith boasts a strong portfolio of women’s magazines that helps it to secure a solid market share. However, persisting secular headwinds and dependence on traditional advertising revenue could weigh on the company’s performance.

Earnings Whispers?

Our proven model does not conclusively show that Meredith is likely to beat earnings estimates 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. This is not the case here, as you will see below.

Zacks ESP: Earnings ESP for Meredith is 0.0%. This is because both the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate stand at 84 cents.

Zacks Rank: Meredith carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Though a favorable Zacks Rank increases the predictive power of ESP, the company’s ESP of 0.0% makes surprise prediction difficult.

Stocks That Warrant a Look

Here are some companies you may want to consider as our model shows that these have the right combination of elements:

Big Lots Inc. (BIG - Analyst Report) has an Earnings ESP of +3.33% and a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Exponent Inc. (EXPO - Snapshot Report) has an Earnings ESP of +1.43% and a Zacks Rank #3.

Time Warner Inc. (TWX - Analyst Report) has an Earnings ESP of +1.19% and a Zacks Rank #3.

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