We are nearing the end of the third-quarter earnings season, with 423 S&P 500 members – accounting for 84.6% of the index’s total market capitalization – having reported results as of Nov 4. (Read more: Q3 Earnings Season: An Inflection Point)
Total earnings for these index members were up 3.6% from the year-ago quarter and revenues were up 2.4% year over year. The beat ratio was 72.8% for earnings and 55.1% for revenues.
Coming to the technology sector, 73.8%companies on the S&P 500 index have reported their quarterly numbers. The sector has so far performed better than expected, with total earnings up 5.0% on 2.5% higher revenues. Moreover, 82.2% beat earnings estimates and 75.6% surpassed revenue estimates.
However, the hardware industry has been a drag on the tech sector this quarter, with Apple reporting an earnings decline of 19% on 9% lower revenues. Excluding Apple, total earnings for the rest of the Tech sector companies that have reported would be up 12.3% on 5.3% higher revenues.
Among the technology firms slated to report their earnings results on Nov 9, let’s see what lies ahead for these three:
CGI Group Inc. (GIB - Free Report) is a Canada-based global information technology company. The company will report fourth-quarter fiscal 2016 results. We cannot predict an earnings beat as both the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate are pegged at 69 cents, resulting in an Earnings ESP of 0.00%. Moreover, the stock carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Notably, we caution against stocks with a Zacks Rank #4 or 5 (Sell rated) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.
Notably, CGI Group surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in two of the trailing four quarters, with an average positive surprise of 1.39%.
CSRA Inc. (CSRA - Free Report) is expected to report second-quarter fiscal 2017 results. The company is a leading provider of next-generation IT solutions and professional services to government organizations. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), which increases the predictive power of ESP. Yet, we cannot predict an earnings beat as both the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate are pegged at 46 cents, resulting in an Earnings ESP of 0.00%.You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
Notably, CSRA exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters, resulting in an average positive surprise of 11.92%.
Mimecast Limited (MIME - Free Report) , a firm in the Internet Software industry, will report its second-quarter fiscal 2017 results. The firm is also unlikely to beat earnings estimates as it has an Earnings ESP of -20.00% and a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Notably, Mimecast Limited surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate thrice in the preceding four quarters, resulting in an average positive surprise of 150.00%.
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Stay tuned! Check back on our full write-up on earnings releases of these stocks.
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