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Chicago, IL –August 24, 2017 - Stocks in this week’s article include Potlatch Corporation(NASDAQ:PCH Free Report),CGI Group Inc (NYSE:GIB Free Report), Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX Free Report) and Popular Inc (NASDAQ:BPOP Free Report).

4 Stocks with Earnings Acceleration to Buy Now

Earnings are essentially revenues that the company generates after deducting the cost of production over a given period of time. Upbeat earnings results are more often than not followed by an uptick in the share price.

Earnings acceleration, however, works even better when it comes to lifting the stock price. Studies have shown that a majority of successful stocks had seen acceleration in earnings before an uptick in the stock price.

Future Outperformers

Basically, earnings acceleration is the incremental growth in earnings of a company. In other words, if the rate of a company’s quarter-over-quarter earnings growth increases within a stipulated frame of time, it can be referred to as earnings acceleration.

In case of earnings growth, you pay for something that is already reflected in the stock price. But, earnings acceleration helps spot stocks that haven’t caught the attention of investors yet, which once secured will invariably lead to a rally in the share price. This is because earnings acceleration considers both direction and magnitude of growth rates.

Increasing percentage of earnings growth means that the company is fundamentally sound and has been on the right track for a considerable period of time. On the other hand, a sideways percentage of earnings growth indicates a period of consolidation or slowdown, while a decelerating percentage of earnings growth may at times drag prices down.

This is the reason why earnings acceleration should be viewed as a key metric for share price outperformance.

The Winning Strategy

Let’s take a look at stocks for which the last two quarter-over-quarter percentage EPS growth rates exceed the growth rates of the previous periods. The projected quarter-over-quarter percentage EPS growth rates are also expected to be higher than the previous periods’ growth rates.

EPS % Projected Growth (Q1)/(Q0) greater than EPS % Growth (Q0)/(Q-1): The projected growth rate for the current quarter (Q1) over the completed quarter (Q0) has to be greater than the growth rate from the completed quarter (Q0) over one quarter ago (Q-1).

EPS % Growth (Q0)/(Q-1) greater than EPS % Growth (Q-1)/(Q-2): The growth rate for the completed quarter (Q0) over one quarter ago (Q-1) has to be greater than the growth rate from one quarter ago (Q-1) over two quarters ago (Q-2).

EPS % Growth (Q-1)/(Q-2) greater than EPS % Growth (Q-2)/(Q-3): The growth rate from one quarter ago (Q-1) over two quarters ago (Q-2) has to be greater than the growth rate from two quarters ago (Q-2) over three quarters ago (Q-3).

In addition to this, we have added the following parameters:

Current Price greater than or equal to $5: This screens out the low-priced stocks.

Average 20-day volume greater than or equal to 50,000: High trading volume implies that the stocks have adequate liquidity.

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.)

The above criteria narrowed down the universe of around 7,889 stocks to only 10. Here are the top four stocks.

Potlatch Corporation(NASDAQ:PCHFree Report) is a real estate investment trust (REIT), which is primarily engaged in activities associated with timberland management, including the sale of timber, management of timberlands, and purchase and sale of timberlands. The company sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company’s expected earnings growth for the current quarter and next are 27.2% and 38.1%, respectively.

CGI Group Inc(NYSE:GIBFree Report) directly or through its subsidiaries, manages information technology (IT) services, as well as business process services (BPS). The company has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The company’s expected earnings growth for the current quarter and next are 6.9% and 15.7%, respectively. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Cognex Corporation(NASDAQ:CGNXFree Report) is a provider of machine vision products that capture and analyze visual information in order to automate tasks, primarily in manufacturing processes, where vision is required. The company has a Zacks Rank #1. The company’s expected earnings growth for the current quarter is 53.6%.

Popular Inc(NASDAQ:BPOPFree Report) is a financial holding company. The company operates through two segments: Banco Popular de Puerto Rico (BPPR), which includes the Puerto Rico business, and Banco Popular North America (BPNA), which comprises the United States mainland business. The company has a Zacks Rank #2. The company’s expected earnings growth for the current and next quarters are 9.3% and 18%, respectively.

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