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Is a Surprise Coming for Ecopetrol (EC) This Earnings Season?

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Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Nevertheless, we are always paying attention to the latest value, growth, and momentum trends to underscore strong picks.

Investors are always looking for stocks that are poised to beat at earnings season and Ecopetrol S.A. EC may be one such company. The firm has earnings coming up pretty soon, and events are shaping up quite nicely for their report.

That is because Ecopetrol is seeing favorable earnings estimate revision activity as of late, which is generally a precursor to an earnings beat. After all, analysts raising estimates right before earnings—with the most up-to-date information possible—is a pretty good indicator of some favorable trends underneath the surface for EC in this report.

Analysts have very recently bumped up their estimates for EC, giving the stock a Zacks Earnings ESP of +21.95% heading into earnings season.

Ecopetrol S.A. Price and EPS Surprise

Ecopetrol S.A. Price and EPS Surprise | Ecopetrol S.A. Quote

Why is this Important?

A positive reading for the Zacks Earnings ESP has proven to be very powerful in producing both positive surprises, and outperforming the market. Our recent 10 year backtest shows that stocks that have a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) or better show a positive surprise nearly 70% of the time, and have returned over 28% on average in annual returns (see more Top Earnings ESP stocks here).

Given that EC has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and an ESP in positive territory, investors might want to consider this stock ahead of earnings. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Clearly, recent earnings estimate revisions suggest that good things are ahead for Ecopetrol, and that a beat might be in the cards for the upcoming report.

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