Earnings growth is the highest priority for the top brass of any organization. This is because if the company doesn’t make money, it won’t last over the long haul.
Study a company’s revenues over a given period of time, subtract the cost of production, and you have earnings. This metric is also considered the most important variable influencing the share price. But, expectations of earnings also play a significant role.
Earnings Estimates & Share Price Movements
Often, we have seen a decline in the stock price despite earnings growth and a rally in price following an earnings decline. This is largely the 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 seeing a rise in quarterly and annual earnings estimates.
In order to shortlist stocks that have striking earnings growth and positive estimate revisions, we have added the following parameters:
Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2 (Only Zacks' 'Buys' and '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.) 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 22. Here are the top three stocks that stand out:
Crocs ( CROX Quick Quote CROX - Free Report) is one of the leading footwear brands with a focus on comfort and style. Famous for its iconic clog material, Crocs’ simple design and great comfort were an instant hit among consumers.
Crocs currently has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). CROX’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 150%. You can see
the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here. United Natural Foods ( UNFI Quick Quote UNFI - Free Report) is the leading distributor of natural, organic and specialty food and non-food products in the United States and Canada.
United Natural Foods currently has a Zacks Rank #1. UNFI’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 8.8%.
Boot Barn ( BOOT Quick Quote BOOT - Free Report) operates as a lifestyle retail chain devoted to western and work-related footwear, apparel and accessories.
Boot Barn currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). BOOT’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 214.1%.
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