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Can Platinum Underwriters (PTP) Keep the Earnings Streak Alive This Quarter?

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Looking for a stock that might be in a good position to beat earnings at its next report? Consider Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ltd (PTP), a firm in the Insurance-Property & Casualty 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, PTP has beaten estimates by at least 40.0% in both cases, suggesting it has a nice short-term history of crushing expectations.

Earnings in Focus

Two quarters ago, PTP expected to earn $1.23 per share, while it actually produced earnings of $1.73 per share, a beat of 40.65%. Meanwhile, for the most recent quarter, the company looked to deliver earnings of $1.26 per share, when it actually saw earnings of $2.27 per share instead, representing an 80.16% positive surprise.

Thanks in part to this history, recent estimates have been moving higher for Platinum Underwriters Holdings. In fact, the Earnings ESP for PTP 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 PTP, as the firm currently has a Zacks Earnings ESP of 10.45%, so another beat could be around the corner.

This is particularly true when you consider that PTP 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 PTP could see another beat at its next report, especially if recent trends are any guide.

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