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3 Best Stocks to Buy Now for Superb Earnings Growth

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Analyze a company’s revenues over a given period of time, subtract the cost of production, and you have earnings. Irrespective of whether it is a start-up or a well-known company, earnings growth is the highest priority for any organization. This is because if the company doesn’t make money, it won’t last over the long run. In fact, this is also considered the most important variable influencing the share price. But, expectations of earnings play a crucial role.

Earnings Estimates & Share Price Movements

Frequently, 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, investors need to buy stocks with historical earnings growth that are seeing a rise in quarterly and annual earnings estimates.

Screening Measures:

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 13. Here are the top three stocks that stand out:

The Chef's Warehouse (CHEF - Free Report) is a distributor of specialty food products in the United States. The company has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). CHEF’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 2,540%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Delek US Holdings (DK - Free Report) is an independent refiner, transporter and marketer of petroleum products. The company has a Zacks Rank #1. DK’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 280.2%.

MidAmerica Apartment Communities (MAA - Free Report) is a residential real estate investment trust (REIT) engaged in owning, acquiring, operating and selective development of apartment communities, located primarily in the Southeast, Southwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The company has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). MAA’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 16.6%.

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