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Skechers USA Inc. (SKX - Analyst Report) , the designer, developer and marketer of footwear, is slated to report third-quarter 2016 results on Oct 20. The question lingering in investors’ minds is, whether the company will be able to deliver a positive earnings surprise in the quarter to be reported. In the trailing four quarters, the company outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by an average of 5.1%. However, in the previous quarter, it missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 5.9%. Let’s see how things are shaping up prior to this announcement.

Zacks Model Shows Unlikely Earnings Beat

Our proven model does not conclusively show that Skechers is likely to beat earnings estimates this quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) for this to happen. Skechers has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% as the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate both stand at 46 cents. Moreover, the company carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). We caution against stocks with a Zacks Rank #4 or 5 (Sell-rated stocks) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.

Factors Influencing this Quarter

A tough domestic retail environment, including stiff competition with respect to price and new fashion along with foreign currency headwinds are causes of worry for Skechers. The company will take time to adjust its inventory for the same. Fashion obsolescence remains the primary concern for Skechers' business model, which involves a sustained focus on product and design innovation. Additionally, its pioneering position may be hurt by delays in its product launches.

SKECHERS USA-A Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

SKECHERS USA-A Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | SKECHERS USA-A Quote

Stocks Poised to Beat Earnings Estimates

Here are some companies you may want to consider as our model shows that these have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat:, Inc. (AMZN - Analyst Report) has an Earnings ESP of +6.98% and sports a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank  stocks here.

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. (BGFV - Analyst Report) has an Earnings ESP of +3.33% and also carries a Zacks Rank #1.

Mattel, Inc. (MAT - Analyst Report) has an Earnings ESP of +1.43% and flaunts a Zacks Rank #1.

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