Right from the top brass to research analysts, earnings growth interests all. This is because earnings are a measure of the money a company is making. Notably, earnings are essentially revenues that the company generates after deducting the cost of production over a given period of time.
Earnings acceleration, however, works even better when it comes to boosting the stock price. Studies have shown that a majority of successful stocks had seen acceleration in earnings before a rally in stock price.
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. Meanwhile, 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.
Let’s 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 low-priced stocks.
Average 20-day volume greater than or equal to 50,000: High trading volume implies that the stocks have adequate liquidity.
The above criteria narrowed down the universe of around 7,735 stocks to only 10. Here are the top four stocks:
Helen of Troy Limited (HELE - Free Report) designs, develops, imports, markets, and distributes a portfolio of consumer products worldwide. The company sports a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 8.8% compared with the Cosmetics industry’s estimated decline of 1.5%.
Vericel Corporation (VCEL - Free Report) develops, manufactures, markets, and sells patient-specific expanded cellular therapies to repair and regenerate damaged tissues and organs. The company has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company, which is part of the Medical - Biomedical and Genetics industry, is projected to return 66.7% both this quarter and the next. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Mobile Mini, Inc. (MINI - Free Report) provides portable storage and specialty containment solutions. The company holds a Zacks Rank #2. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 44.8% compared with the Containers - Metal and Glass industry’s estimated rise of 21.5%.
Logitech International S.A. (LOGI - Free Report) designs, manufactures, and markets products that allow people to connect through music, gaming, video, computing, and other digital platforms worldwide. The company flaunts a Zacks Rank #2. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 16.9% compared with the Computer - Peripheral Equipment industry’s projected rally of 8.5%.
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