Earnings are basically revenues that the company generates after deducting the cost of production over a given period of time. Regardless of the fact whether it is a fledgling company or an established corporation, consistent earnings growth is what everyone looks for. And why not? If the company doesn’t make money then it won’t last in the long run and will eventually run out of steam.
This metric is also considered to be the most significant variable in influencing the share price. Better-than-expected earnings performances normally lead to a rally in the share price. In addition to actual earnings, expectations of earnings also play a significant role in influencing the price of a stock.
Earnings Estimates & Share Prices
We have often 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.
So, what are earnings estimates? Earnings estimates embody analysts’ opinions of factors such as sales growth, product demand, competitive industry environment, profit margins and cost controls. Thus, earnings estimates are a valuable tool for investors. Analysts can also examine the cash flow based on these periodic earnings estimates to determine the fair value of the company.
Here, we have picked stocks that have displayed historical earnings growth and are also seeing a rise in quarterly and annual earnings estimates.
In order to shortlist stocks that have striking earnings growth and are witnessing positive estimate revisions, we added the following parameters:
Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Only Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and 2 (Buy) stocks 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 that possess strong EPS growth history.
% Change EPS F(0)/F(-1) greater than or equal to 5: Companies that witnessed year-over-year earnings growth rate 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 over 7,674 stocks to only four. Here are the stocks:
Mohawk Industries, Inc. (MHK - Free Report) is a flooring manufacturer that creates products for residential and commercial spaces around the world. The company’s estimated earnings growth rate for this year is 22.1%.
Five Below Inc (FIVE - Free Report) is a specialty retailer offering a range of merchandise for teen and pre-teen customer. The company’s estimated earnings growth rate for this year is pegged at 25.1%.
A. O. Smith Corp (AOS - Free Report) manufactures and markets a range of water heaters, boilers, and other products for residential and commercial end markets in the United States, China, Canada, Europe, and India. The company’s estimated earnings growth rate for this year stands at 14.9%.
Copart, Inc. (CPRT - Free Report) is a provider of online auctions and vehicle remarketing services in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Brazil. The company’s estimated earnings growth rate for this year is 14.1%.
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