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Chicago, IL – December 27, 2018 - Stocks in this week’s article are: Crocs Inc. (CROX - Free Report) , Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF - Free Report) , salesforce.com Inc. (CRM - Free Report) and Sprint Corp. (S - Free Report) .

4 Top Stocks with Earnings Beat Potential

Plain and simple earnings growth may no longer entice investors. Now, earnings improvement (no matter how big it is) seems inadequate for solid moves in the market. It is the “BEAT” that matters the most and leads one to a lucrative investment.

What Makes Earnings Beat Superior to Earnings Growth

Investors always try to prepare themselves ahead of time and search for stocks poised to come up with a stellar performance. After much thinking, Wall Street analysts project earnings of companies. These estimates act as investment leads. Historically, if a company’s earnings beat market expectations, its stock surges post release.

This is because a 20% earnings rise (though apparently looks good) doesn’t tell you everything about the company’s performance. This might represent decelerating earnings growth momentum over the years or quarters, raising questions over the company’s fundamentals.

Also, seasonal fluctuations come into play sometimes. If a company’s Q1 is seasonally weak and Q4 is strong, then it is likely to report a sequential earnings decline. In such cases, growth rates are misleading while judging the true health of a company.

On the other hand, analysts put together their insights and a company’s guidance when giving an earnings estimate. Thus, outperforming that estimate is almost equivalent to beating the company’s own expectation as well as market perception.

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