For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – February 7, 2010 – Zacks.com releases the list of companies likely to issue earnings surprises. This week’s list includes Principal Financial (PFG - Analyst Report), Polo Ralph Lauren (RL - Analyst Report), FMC Corp. (FMC - Analyst Report), Sara Lee and Avon (AVP - Analyst Report). To see more earnings analysis, visit http://at.zacks.com/?id=3207.
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Historically the best indicators of firms likely to report positive surprises are a recent history of positive surprises and rising estimates going into the report. The Zacks Rank is also a good indicator of potential surprises.
Similarly a recent history of earnings disappointments, cuts in the average estimate for the quarter in the month before the report is due and a poor Zacks Rank (#4 or #5) are often red flags pointing to a potential disappointing earnings report.
Potential Positive Surprises:
Principal Financial (PFG - Analyst Report) is expected to report $0.68 vs. $0.62 last year. Last time out it reported a 7.92% positive surprise, and over the last month the mean estimate for the about-to-be-reported quarter has increased by 1.76%. PFG is a Zacks #2 Ranked stock.
Polo Ralph Lauren (RL - Analyst Report) is expected to report $1.28 vs. $1.10 last year. Last time out it reported a 24.40% positive surprise, and over the last month the mean estimate for the about-to-be-reported quarter has increased by 1.09%. RL is a Zacks #2 Ranked stock.
FMC Corp. (FMC - Analyst Report) is expected to report $1.03 vs. $0.94 last year. Last time out it reported a 0.2.70% positive surprise, and over the last month the mean estimate for the about-to-be-reported quarter has increased by 0.42%. FMC is a Zacks #2 Ranked stock.
Potential Negative Surprises:
Sara Lee is expected to report $0.25 vs. $0.36 last year. Last time out it reported a 27.78% disappointment, and over the last month the mean estimate for the about-to-be-reported quarter has dropped by 5.44%. SLE is a Zacks #5 Ranked stock.
Avon (AVP - Analyst Report) is expected to report $0.67 vs. $0.69 last year. Last time out it reported an 12.77% disappointment, and over the last month the mean estimate for the about-to-be-reported quarter has been cut by 0.93%. AVP is a Zacks #4 Ranked stock.
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