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Earnings ESP (Expected Surprise Prediction)

Top Stocks to Beat Earnings

Symbol Company
ESP Most Accurate
Price Zacks Rank %Surprise
(lst Qtr.)
Reporting Date
DRI Darden R 1.74% 1.17 1.15 89.16 3 3.94% 06/27/17
BLK BlackRoc 0.94% 5.36 5.31 423.17 2 6.28% 07/13/17
DAL Delta Ai 1.83% 1.67 1.64 52.81 3 5.48% 07/13/17
FRC FIRST RE 1.83% 1.11 1.09 99.87 3 0.00% 07/13/17
JPM J P Morg 1.25% 1.62 1.60 87.02 3 9.27% 07/14/17

Earnings ESP (Expected Surprise Prediction) is Zacks' proprietary methodology for determining which stocks have the best chance to surprise with their next earnings announcement.

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  • Principal Financial Group Inc
    Upgraded: 06/22/17

    Deeper focus on fee-based revenue sources (expects 70% coming from it by 2018) have been helping Principal Financial earn steadily, besides limiting exposure to interest rate environment.

  • Waste Management, Inc.
    Upgraded: 06/21/17

    Waste Management is executing well on its initiative to refocus on the core business activities and instill price and cost discipline to achieve better margins and returns in the long run.

  • Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Upgraded: 06/21/17

    Stanley Black & Decker has significant long-term upside potential, backed by a strategy of shifting its business portfolio toward favored growth markets. Also, the company remains committed toward rewarding its shareholders.

  • Sonoco Products Company
    Upgraded: 06/21/17

    Sonoco is poised to gain from expansion of global production units, product launches, growth projects and investment in capacity.

  • Firstenergy Corporation
    Upgraded: 06/21/17

    FirstEnergy’s broadening regulated base and growing transmission lines are expected to boost earnings. The Energizing the Future initiative will add to the company’s overall operational strength.

  • Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
    Upgraded: 06/21/17

    Royal Caribbean’s strong booking trends and capacity growth along with its profitability initiatives bode well

  • Pvh Corp.
    Upgraded: 06/21/17

    PVH Corp.’s better-than-expected first-quarter fiscal 2017 results, positive earnings surprise history and raised fiscal 2017 outlook reflect its superb future prospects.

  • Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Upgraded: 06/21/17

    Pitney Bowes has been undergoing a steady transformation process over the past 3 years. Concerted transformation initivatives have started to show results as is evident from growth across most business lines.

  • Unitedhealth Group Incorporated
    Upgraded: 06/21/17

    UnitedHealth' s continued strong growth at Optum as well as UnitedHealthcare segments are driving growth. Its international business and strong capital position are other positives.

  • Raytheon Company
    Upgraded: 06/21/17

    Foreign military contracts continue to be the vital growth driver for Raytheon. Rising demand from the Gulf countries and Asia-Pacific will also boost revenues.


  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
    Downgraded: 06/22/17

    John Wiley & Sons continues to face weak demand for printed books, owing to the shift from print to digital and increased share of rentals.

  • Ncr Corporation
    Downgraded: 06/20/17

    Softness in the ATM business in mature markets, intense competition and a high debt burden remain concerns.

  • Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Downgraded: 06/20/17

    This problem with Maxim is that it is exacerbated by the concentration of its mobility revenue at Samsung, which could only be mitigated once its diversification strategy takes off.

  • Qorvo, Inc.
    Downgraded: 06/20/17

    Qorvo operates in a competitive landscape that is becoming more complex with low barriers to entry, exerting pricing pressure and reducing margins.

  • Meritor, Inc.
    Downgraded: 06/20/17

    Meritor expects results in fiscal 2017 to be lower year over year. Moreover, rising steel prices and customer concentration are other headwinds.

  • Hess Corporation
    Downgraded: 06/20/17

    Hess supports its capital expenditures through major asset sales that may hinder its future production.

  • General Electric Company
    Downgraded: 06/20/17

    Huge restructuring costs, coupled with significant execution and integration risks are likely to be a drag on the profitability.

  • Robert Half International Inc.
    Downgraded: 06/20/17

    Lower margins, currency fluctuations and rising health care costs remain concerns for Robert Half.

  • Xerox Corporation
    Downgraded: 06/17/17

    Strong competition, availability of abundant number of substitutes and foreign currency risks are some of the crucial headwinds that Xerox faces.

  • Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
    Downgraded: 06/17/17

    Persistently rising expenses and exposure to real estate loans remain matters of concern for Commerce Bancshares.

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