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4 Top-Ranked Stocks to Buy for Stellar Earnings Growth

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Earnings growth, no doubt, is the most important variable that influences share price movement. And earnings are nothing but the company’s revenues over a given period of time, minus the cost of production. However, earnings expectations also play a vital role.
 
Quite often, we have seen a decline in the stock price despite earnings growth and a rally in the price following an earnings decline. This is largely a result of a company’s earnings failing to meet market expectations.
 
Earnings estimates embody analysts’ opinion on factors such as sales growth, product demand, competitive industry environment, profit margins and cost control. Thus, earnings estimates serve as a valuable tool while making investment decisions. Earnings estimates also help analysts assess the cash flow to determine the fair value of a firm.
 
Investors, thus, should be on the lookout for stocks that are ready to make a big move. Hence, it is important for investors to buy stocks that have historical earnings growth and are also seeing a rise in quarterly and annual earnings estimates.

The Winning Criteria:

In order to shortlist stocks that have striking earnings growth and positive estimate revisions, we have added the following parameters:
 
Zacks Rank  equal to 1 (Only Zacks' 'Strong Buys' are allowed. With the Zacks Rank proving itself to be one of the best rating systems out there, this is a great way to start things off.) You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
 
5-Year Historical EPS Growth (%) greater than X-Industry (stocks with a strong EPS growth history).
 
% Change EPS F(0)/F(-1) greater than or equal to 5 (companies that saw year-over-year earnings growth of 5% or more in the last reported fiscal).
 
% Change Q1 Estimates over the last 4 weeks greater than zero (stocks that have seen their current quarter earnings estimates revised higher in the last 4 weeks).
 
% Change F1 Estimates over the last 1 week greater than zero (stocks that have seen their annual earnings estimates revised higher in the last 1 week).
 
% Change F1 Estimates over the last 4 weeks greater than zero (stocks that have seen their annual earnings estimates revised higher in the last 4 weeks).
 
The above criteria narrowed down the universe of around 7,839 stocks to only six. Here are the top four stocks:
 
Lithia Motors, Inc. (LAD - Free Report) is one of the leading automotive retailers of new and used vehicles, and related services in the United States. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current and next year is 28.5% and 23%, respectively.
 
TopBuild Corp. (BLD - Free Report) is an installer and distributor of insulation and other building products to the U.S. construction industry. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current and next year is 17.1% and 19.9%, respectively.
 
WESCO International, Inc. (WCC - Free Report) is one of the largest players in the highly fragmented distribution market for electrical construction products in North America. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the next year is 13.8%.
 
BRP Inc. (DOOO - Free Report) designs, develops, manufactures and distributes recreational vehicles. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the next year is 18.5%.
 
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