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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
NAT Nordic A 4.41% -0.13 -0.14 4.99 3 -133.33% 08/21/17
CRM Salesfor 0.04% 0.31 0.31 90.76 2 7.69% 08/22/17
COTY Coty Inc 17.33% 0.11 0.09 19.23 3 36.36% 08/22/17
INTU Intuit I 4.47% 0.17 0.16 134.11 3 0.78% 08/22/17
MDT Medtroni 0.64% 1.09 1.08 83.41 3 1.53% 08/22/17

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: SNPS, SWKS, ROST, ORCL, WPPGY, SYK, TM, RHT, VMW, SSYS

  • Synopsys, Inc.
    (
    SNPS)
    Upgraded: 08/18/17

  • Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    (
    SWKS)
    Upgraded: 08/18/17

    Skyworks expects continuous strength in the near future as the products continue to gain momentum. Perfect quality and sustainable business practices are key differentiators for the company.

  • Ross Stores, Inc.
    (
    ROST)
    Upgraded: 08/18/17

    Ross Stores delivered solid top-line growth in second-quarter fiscal 2017 on the back of broad-based growth across all merchandise categories and regions.

  • Oracle Corporation
    (
    ORCL)
    Upgraded: 08/17/17

    Oracle is benefiting from its database management and cloud business.

  • Wpp Plc
    (
    WPPGY)
    Upgraded: 08/17/17

    Acquisitions have been the company’s primary tool to strengthen its foothold in new and emerging markets.

  • Stryker Corporation
    (
    SYK)
    Upgraded: 08/17/17

    Stryker’s acquisition-driven strategy is expected to boost growth by expanding existing product offerings across all business segments, while an enhanced international presence should support the growth of its global business.

  • Toyota Motor Corp Ltd Ord
    (
    TM)
    Upgraded: 08/17/17

    Toyota’s focus on product development, capacity increases and expansion in emerging markets are positives.

  • Red Hat, Inc.
    (
    RHT)
    Upgraded: 08/17/17

    Red Hat has been outperforming due to expanding TAM, robust product portfolio, solid line of collaborations, expanding geographies and improved liquidity.

  • Vmware, Inc.
    (
    VMW)
    Upgraded: 08/12/17

    VMware holds a prime position in the virtualization market and has placed itself well to benefit from the increasing adoption of cloud-based solutions.

  • Stratasys, Ltd.
    (
    SSYS)
    Upgraded: 08/12/17

    Stratasys' sustained focus on launching new products and entering into strategic partnerships will drive long-term growth. Additionally, its efforts toward turning around MakerBot’s performance are encouraging.

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  • Hormel Foods Corporation
    (
    HRL)
    Downgraded: 08/18/17

    Issues encountered by the Jennie-O Turkey Store business or any market headwind, such as a stronger U.S. dollar might hurt Hormel Foods results going ahead.

  • Paychex, Inc.
    (
    PAYX)
    Downgraded: 08/18/17

    A challenging demand environment, lower client retention and political uncertainty, may continue to adversely impact Paychex’s revenue growth in the near term.

  • Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
    (
    ADP)
    Downgraded: 08/18/17

    The company’s business can be affected by the sluggish growth in employment levels and stiff competition from other key players.

  • Nielsen N.v.
    (
    NLSN)
    Downgraded: 08/16/17

    Nielsen operates in a highly competitive segment of the technology and media industry. The company’s high exposure to foreign currency headwinds, weakness in Europe and high debt level remain the head

  • Aegion Corp
    (
    AEGN)
    Downgraded: 08/15/17

    Aegion will be hurt by execution issues in Australia, limited backlog in Denmark and challenges in the Canadian upstream oil market. Higher interest expenses along with restructuring charges remain concerns.

  • Qorvo, Inc.
    (
    QRVO)
    Downgraded: 08/12/17

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

  • Imax Corporation
    (
    IMAX)
    Downgraded: 08/12/17

  • F5 Networks, Inc.
    (
    FFIV)
    Downgraded: 07/28/17

    volatile spending atmosphere and competition from peers remain concerns.

  • Aar Corp.
    (
    AIR)
    Downgraded: 07/12/17

    Dependence on government spending, stringent regulations and reliance on a few defense and aerospace customers will likely limit the growth prospects of AAR Corp.

  • Akamai Technologies, Inc.
    (
    AKAM)
    Downgraded: 05/06/17

    Akamai's business is being hurt by the DIY initiatives of some key clients in the CDN space.

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