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Looking for Stocks with Positive Earnings Momentum? Check Out These 2 Oils-Energy Names

Two factors often determine stock prices in the long run: earnings and interest rates. Investors can't control the latter, but they can focus on a company's earnings results every quarter.

We know earnings results are vital, but how a company performs compared to bottom line expectations can be even more important when it comes to stock prices, especially in the near-term. This means that investors might want to take advantage of these earnings surprises.

2 Stocks to Add to Your Watchlist

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 final step today is to look at a stock that meets our ESP qualifications. Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) earns a Zacks Rank #2 29 days from its next quarterly earnings release on August 4, 2022, and its Most Accurate Estimate comes in at $1.57 a share.

By taking the percentage difference between the $1.57 Most Accurate Estimate and the $1.53 Zacks Consensus Estimate, Northern Oil and Gas has an Earnings ESP of 2.12%.

NOG is one of just a large database of Oils-Energy stocks with positive ESPs. Another solid-looking stock is Ovintiv (OVV).

Slated to report earnings on July 26, 2022, Ovintiv holds a #3 (Hold) ranking on the Zacks Rank, and it's Most Accurate Estimate is $2.89 a share 20 days from its next quarterly update.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Ovintiv is $2.74, and when you take the percentage difference between that number and its Most Accurate Estimate, you get the Earnings ESP figure of 5.35%.

NOG and OVV's positive ESP metrics may signal that a positive earnings surprise for both stocks is on the horizon.

Find Stocks to Buy or Sell Before They're Reported

Use the Zacks Earnings ESP Filter to turn up stocks with the highest probability of positively, or negatively, surprising to buy or sell before they're reported for profitable earnings season trading. Check it out here >>


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