Why First Financial (THFF) Could Beat Earnings Estimates Again

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Looking for a stock that might be in a good position to beat earnings at its next report? Consider First Financial Corp. (THFF), a firm in the Banking industry, which could be a great candidate for another beat.

This company has seen a nice streak of beating earnings estimates, especially when looking at the previous two reports. In fact, in these reports, THFF has beaten estimates by at least 25% in both cases, suggesting it has a nice short-term history of crushing expectations.

Earnings in Focus

Two quarters ago, THFF expected to earn 54 cents per share, while it actually produced earnings of 64 cents per share, a beat of 18.5%. Meanwhile, for the most recent quarter, the company looked to deliver earnings of 55 cents a share, when it actually saw earnings of 67 cents per share instead, representing a 21.8% positive surprise.

Thanks in part to this history, recent estimates have been moving higher for First Financial. In fact, the Earnings ESP for THFF is positive, which is a great sign of a coming beat.

After all, the Zacks Earnings ESP compares the most accurate estimate to the broad consensus, looking to find stocks that have seen big revisions as of late, suggesting that analysts have recently become more bullish on the company’s earnings prospects. This is the case for THFF, as the firm currently has a Zacks Earnings ESP of 7.27%, so another beat could be around the corner.

This is particularly true when you consider that THFF has a great Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), which can be a harbinger of outperformance and a signal for a strong earnings profile. And when you add this solid Zacks Rank to a positive Earnings ESP, a positive earnings surprise happens nearly 70% of the time, so it seems pretty likely that THFF could see another beat at its next report, especially if recent trends are any guide.

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