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Earnings ESP (Expected Surprise Prediction)

Top Stocks to Beat Earnings

Symbol Company
Name
ESP Most Accurate
Estimate
Consensus
Estimate
Price Zacks Rank %Surprise
(lst Qtr.)
Reporting Date
CNC Centene 1.60% 1.27 1.25 97.99 1 22.31% 10/24/17
GBX Greenbri 2.56% 0.80 0.78 51.65 1 27.16% 10/24/17
AMTD TD Ameri 2.17% 0.47 0.46 48.14 2 7.32% 10/24/17
CAT Caterpil 3.28% 1.26 1.22 131.68 2 18.25% 10/24/17
HTA Healthca 2.44% 0.42 0.41 29.49 2 0.00% 10/24/17

Zacks Earnings ESP (Expected Surprise Prediction) looks to find companies that have recently seen positive earnings estimate revision activity. The idea is that more recent information is, generally speaking, more accurate and can be a better predictor of the future, which can give investors an advantage in earnings season.

The technique has proven to be very useful for finding positive surprises. In fact, when combining a Zacks Rank #3 or better and a positive Earnings ESP, stocks produced a positive surprise 70% of the time, while they also saw 28.3% annual returns on average, according to our 10 year backtest.

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New Upgrades: FL, SKX, SNP, SAP, AWR, JOE, WAT, WAFD, VLO, UFPI

  • Foot Locker, Inc.
    (
    FL)
    Upgraded: 10/21/17

    We believe that continuous exploitation of opportunities such as children’s business, shop-in-shop expansion, store refurbishment and enhancement of assortments are likely to benefit the company in the long run.

  • Skechers U.s.a., Inc.
    (
    SKX)
    Upgraded: 10/21/17

    With more emphasis on the new line of products, cost containment efforts, inventory management and global distribution platform, Skechers anticipates sustaining the growth momentum.

  • China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
    (
    SNP)
    Upgraded: 10/21/17

    Sinopec has made major progress in identifying attractive and economically viable oil and natural gas reserves.

  • Sap Se
    (
    SAP)
    Upgraded: 10/20/17

  • American States Water Company
    (
    AWR)
    Upgraded: 10/20/17

    A steady utility customer base, significant water rights in its service territories, regular dividend hikes, and strong credit rating will act as tailwinds.

  • St. Joe Company (the)
    (
    JOE)
    Upgraded: 10/20/17

    St. Joe’s concerted efforts to enhance its resorts, leisure business and leasing operations augur well. Sale of non-strategic assets provides it with substantial liquidity for developmental needs.

  • Waters Corporation
    (
    WAT)
    Upgraded: 10/20/17

    For 2017, Waters Corp. remains confident that stable demand from pharmaceutical business, modest recovery of industrial markets and growth in recurring revenue will accelerate its growth momentum.

  • Washington Federal, Inc.
    (
    WAFD)
    Upgraded: 10/20/17

    Growing demand for loans and higher rates should continue supporting Washington Federal’s revenue growth. Also, the acquisition of Anchor Bancorp (once completed) will be accretive to its earnings.

  • Valero Energy Corporation
    (
    VLO)
    Upgraded: 10/20/17

    Among all the independent refiners, Valero offers the most diversified refinery base.

  • Universal Forest Products, Inc.
    (
    UFPI)
    Upgraded: 10/20/17

    Universal Forest Products seems poised to benefit from the recovering U.S. construction market. Also, synergistic benefits from acquired assets and rewards for shareholders will work in its favor.

New Downgrades: SLG, TCO, AGN, VMI, KEY, TEL, POT, XRAY, ORCL, TXT

  • Sl Green Realty Corporation
    (
    SLG)
    Downgraded: 10/21/17

    High exposure to office properties, intense competition from developers, owners and operators and any rise in interest rate are concerns before SL Green.

  • Taubman Centers, Inc.
    (
    TCO)
    Downgraded: 10/21/17

    Stiff competition and growing online sales affect the demand for space at the company’s properties. Moreover, hike in interest rates and unfavorable foreign currency movements remain as concerns.

  • Allergan Plc.
    (
    AGN)
    Downgraded: 10/21/17

    Allergan is facing generic threat for Namenda franchise as well as patent challenges for some of the other products in its branded portfolio.

  • Valmont Industries, Inc.
    (
    VMI)
    Downgraded: 10/21/17

    Valmont faces challenges from the disruptions caused by recent hurricanes. It is also exposed to raw material price pressure and continued challenges in its irrigation business.

  • Keycorp
    (
    KEY)
    Downgraded: 10/21/17

    Mounting expenses and exposure to risky loan portfolios remain major near-term concerns for KeyCorp.

  • Te Connectivity Ltd.
    (
    TEL)
    Downgraded: 10/20/17

    Sluggishness in oil and gas markets and its derivative impact on other industrial markets will likely act as strong headwinds for TE Connectivity. Also, low prices in oil & gas are hurting industrial equipment sales.

  • Potash Corporation Of Saskatchewan Inc.
    (
    POT)
    Downgraded: 10/20/17

    Potash Corp. remains exposed to a weak pricing environment. It also faces challenging agriculture market fundamentals and weakness across specific consumer markets.

  • Dentsply Sirona Inc.
    (
    XRAY)
    Downgraded: 10/20/17

    Foreign exchange volatility is expected to present a major headwind in 2017. Strengthening of the U.S. dollar will negatively impact the company’s near-term results.

  • Oracle Corporation
    (
    ORCL)
    Downgraded: 10/20/17

    Oracle will likely be affected because of stiff competition, lawsuits and currency volatility as it transitions from licensing to cloud.

  • Textron Inc.
    (
    TXT)
    Downgraded: 10/14/17

    Consistent deterioration at Textron Aviation and global political uncertainties, along with intensifying competition for Textron’s products, are causes of concern

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