Regardless of whether it is a start-up or an established company, earnings growth is the highest priority for the top brass of any organization. After all, if the company doesn’t make money, it won’t last over the long haul. Consider a company’s revenues over a given period of time, subtract the cost of production, and you have earnings.
This metric is also considered the most important variable in influencing the share price. But, expectations of earnings also play a significant role.
Earnings Estimates & Share Price Movements
Often, we have seen a decline in the stock price despite earnings growth and a rally in the price following an earnings decline. This is largely a result of a company’s earnings failing to meet market expectations.
Earnings estimates embody analysts’ opinion on factors such as sales growth, product demand, competitive industry environment, profit margins and cost control. Thus, earnings estimates serve as a valuable tool while making investment decisions. Earnings estimates also help analysts assess the cash flow to determine the fair value of a firm.
Investors, thus, should be on the lookout for stocks that are ready to make a big move. Hence, it is important for investors to buy stocks that have historical earnings growth and are also seeing a rise in quarterly and annual earnings estimates.
In order to shortlist stocks that have striking earnings growth and positive estimate revisions, we have added the following parameters:
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.)
5-Year Historical EPS Growth (%) greater than X-Industry (stocks with a strong EPS growth history).
% Change EPS F(0)/F(-1) greater than or equal to 5 (companies that saw year-over-year earnings growth of 5% or more in the last reported fiscal).
% Change Q1 Estimates over the last 4 weeks greater than zero (stocks that have seen their current quarter earnings estimates revised higher in the last 4 weeks).
% Change F1 Estimates over the last 1 week greater than zero (stocks that have seen their annual earnings estimates revised higher in the last 1 week).
% Change F1 Estimates over the last 4 weeks greater than zero (stocks that have seen their annual earnings estimates revised higher in the last 4 weeks).
The above criteria narrowed down the universe of around 7,839 stocks to only 11. Here are the top four stocks:
Netflix Inc NFLX is considered a pioneer in the streaming space. The company has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current quarter and year is 205% and 55.9%, respectively.
Domino's Pizza, Inc. DPZ operates as a pizza delivery company, and is a top player in the Quick-Service Restaurant or QSR Pizza category. The company has a Zacks Rank #2. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the next quarter and current year is 10.7% and 14.2%, respectively.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated VRTX is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecule drugs targeting serious diseases. The company has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current quarter and year is 65.9% and 65.1%, respectively. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
AppFolio Inc APPF offers cloud-based software solutions for property management and legal industries. The company has a Zacks Rank #2. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the next quarter and year is 21.4% and 69.4%, respectively.
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