Most companies belonging to the Zacks Transportation sector reported their financial numbers this earnings season. However, a few transportation stocks are yet to report earnings results.
Given this backdrop, let’s delve deeper and analyse the factors that might have impacted the third-quarter performance of the transportation companies, which are lined up for earnings release this reporting cycle.
It is a well-known fact that fuel prices comprise a substantial input cost for any transportation company. On this note, transportation companies are likely to have gained traction from lower oil prices, which fell 8.5% during the July-September period, mainly owing to the restoration of production capabilities of crude following the drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities in mid-September.
Among the transportation companies yet to post earnings figures, there are some Latin American airline stocks like Copa Holdings (CPA - Free Report) and LATAM Airlines (LTM - Free Report) . Owing to economic progress in Latin America, strong passenger revenues should bolster the carriers’ third-quarter results. However, adverse foreign currency movements are likely to have affected their third-quarter performance.
Moreover, most shipping companies are yet to make earnings announcements. The increase in key measures like crude tanker and dry bulk rates in the September quarter is expected to have driven most shipping stocks in the to-be-reported quarter.
How to Pick Winners?
The aforementioned factors clearly suggest that despite adversities, there are several tailwinds for transport players to brighten their earnings picture.
However, given the presence of multiple industry players, finding the right transportation bets with potential to beat on earnings can be a daunting task. This is where the Zacks methodology comes in handy.
Our research shows that stocks with the combination of a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) and a positive Earnings ESP have maximum chances — as high as 70% — of beating estimates. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
Based on the above quantitative model, we have zeroed in on three transportation stocks that are likely to surpass the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings this season.
Diamond S Shipping (DSSI - Free Report) is an energy shipping company that focuses on providing seaborne transportation of crude oil and refined petroleum products in the international shipping markets.
The company has an Earnings ESP of +13.16% and a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Diamond S Shipping went public in March 2019 and is scheduled to release third-quarter earnings results on Nov 13.