Investors generally gauge a stock’s potential return by examining earnings growth and valuation multiples. At the same time, it’s important to measure the performance of such a stock relative to its industry or peers, or the appropriate benchmark.
If you see that a stock is underperforming on fundamental factors, then it would be prudent to move on and find a better alternative. However, those outperforming their respective sectors in terms of price should be selected because they stand a better chance to provide considerable returns.
Then again, it is imperative that you determine whether or not an investment has relevant upside potential when considering stocks with significant relative price strength. Stocks delivering better than the S&P 500 over a period of 1 to 3 months at the least and having solid fundamentals indicate room for growth and are the best ways to go about this strategy.
Finally, it is important to find out whether analysts are optimistic about the upcoming earnings results of these companies. In order to do this, we have added positive estimate revisions for the current quarter’s (Q1) earnings to our screen. When a stock undergoes an upward revision, it leads to additional price gains.
Relative % Price change – 12 weeks greater than 0
Relative % Price change – 4 weeks greater than 0
Relative % Price change – 1 week greater than 0
(We have considered those stocks that have been outperforming the S&P 500 over the last 12 weeks, four weeks and one week.)
% Change (Q1) Est. over 4 Weeks greater than 0: Positive current quarter estimate revisions over the last four weeks.
Zacks Rank equal to 1: Only Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks – that have returned more than 26% annually over the last 26 years and surpassed the S&P 500 in 23 of the last 26 years – can get through. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Current Price greater than or equal to $5 and Average 20-day Volume greater than or equal to 50,000: A minimum price of $5 is a good standard to screen low-priced stocks, while a high trading volume would imply adequate liquidity.
VGM Score less than or equal to B: Our research shows that stocks with a VGM Score of A or B when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or #2 (Buy) offer the best upside potential.
Here are the five of the nine stocks that made it through the screen:
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD - Free Report) : Enterprise Products Partners, headquartered in Houston, TX, is among the leading energy infrastructure provider in North America. The firm has a VGM Score of B and an excellent earnings surprise history. It has a 100% track of outperforming estimates over the last four quarters at an average rate of 9.3%.
Rent-A-Center, Inc. (RCII - Free Report) : Rent-A-Center is the largest rent-to-own operator in the United States offering durable goods such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories. The 2018 Zacks Consensus Estimate for this Plano, TX-based company is 84 cents, representing some 255.6% earnings per share growth over 2017. Next year’s average forecast is $1.23 pointing to another 45.7% growth. Rent-A-Center has a VGM Score of A.
Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ - Free Report) : A vertically integrated manufacturer of silicon ingots, wafers, cells, solar modules (panels) and custom-designed solar power applications, Canadian Solar has a VGM Score of A. Over 30 days, the Ontario, Canada-based company has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 and 2019 increase 41.6% and 22.5%, to $2.45 and $2.23 per share, respectively.
The Mosaic Company (MOS - Free Report) : Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Plymouth, MN, The Mosaic Company is a leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash for the global agriculture industry. The company has a VGM Score of A and an enviable earnings surprise history having surpassed estimates in three of the last four quarters.
Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (ABG - Free Report) : Asbury Automotive Group is one of America’s leading auto dealers with more than 90 new vehicle franchises. Sporting a VGM Score of A, this Duluth, GA-headquartered company’s expected EPS growth rate for three to five years currently stands at 15.8%, comparing favorably with the industry's growth rate of 10%.
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