Earnings are arguably the most important single number on a company's quarterly financial report. Wall Street clearly dives into all of the other metrics and management's input, but the EPS figure helps cut through all the noise.
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 Expected Surprise Prediction, or ESP, works by locking in on the most up-to-date analyst earnings revisions because they can be more accurate than estimates from weeks or even months before the actual release date. The thinking is pretty straightforward: analysts who provide earnings estimates closer to the report are likely to have more information. With this in mind, the Expected Surprise Prediction compares the Most Accurate Estimate (being the most recent) against the overall Zacks Consensus Estimate. The percentage difference provides the ESP figure.
The final step today is to look at a stock that meets our ESP qualifications. Arbor Realty Trust (ABR) earns a Zacks Rank #3 zero days from its next quarterly earnings release on May 6, 2022, and its Most Accurate Estimate comes in at $0.45 a share.
ABR has an Earnings ESP figure of 3.45%, which, as explained above, is calculated by taking the percentage difference between the $0.45 Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.44.
ABR is part of a big group of Finance stocks that boast a positive ESP, and investors may want to take a look at Marsh & McLennan (MMC) as well.
Slated to report earnings on July 28, 2022, Marsh & McLennan holds a #3 (Hold) ranking on the Zacks Rank, and it's Most Accurate Estimate is $1.88 a share 83 days from its next quarterly update.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Marsh & McLennan is $1.87, and when you take the percentage difference between that number and its Most Accurate Estimate, you get the Earnings ESP figure of 0.54%.
ABR and MMC's positive ESP metrics may signal that a positive earnings surprise for both stocks is on the horizon.
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