These 2 Finance Stocks Could Beat Earnings: Why They Should Be on Your Radar
Wall Street watches a company's quarterly report closely to understand as much as possible about its recent performance and what to expect going forward. Of course, one figure often stands out among the rest: earnings.
Life and the stock market are both about expectations, and rising above what is expected is often rewarded, while falling short can come with negative consequences. Investors might want to try to capture stronger returns by finding positive earnings surprises.
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The Zacks Earnings ESP, or Expected Surprise Prediction, aims to find earnings surprises by focusing on the most recent analyst revisions. The basic premise is that if an analyst reevaluates their earnings estimate ahead of an earnings release, it means they likely have new information that could possibly be more accurate. The core of the ESP model is comparing the Most Accurate Estimate to the Zacks Consensus Estimate, where the resulting percentage difference between the two equals the Expected Surprise Prediction.
The last thing we will do today, now that we have a grasp on the ESP and how powerful of a tool it can be, is to look at a qualifying stock. Public Storage (PSA) holds a Zacks Rank #3 at the moment and its Most Accurate Estimate comes in at $4 a share 15 days away from its upcoming earnings release on February 21, 2023.
Public Storage's Earnings ESP sits at 0.22%, which, as explained above, is calculated by taking the percentage difference between the $4 Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.99.
PSA is part of a big group of Finance stocks that boast a positive ESP, and investors may want to take a look at Aflac (AFL) as well.
Slated to report earnings on April 26, 2023, Aflac holds a #2 (Buy) ranking on the Zacks Rank, and it's Most Accurate Estimate is $1.40 a share 79 days from its next quarterly update.
Aflac's Earnings ESP figure currently stands at 1.94% after taking the percentage difference between its Most Accurate Estimate and its Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.37.
PSA and AFL's positive ESP metrics may signal that a positive earnings surprise for both stocks is on the horizon.
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