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 is more formally known as the Expected Surprise Prediction, and it aims to grab the inside track on the latest analyst estimate revisions ahead of a company's report. The idea is relatively intuitive as a newer projection might be based on more complete information. The ESP is calculated by comparing the Most Accurate Estimate to the Zacks Consensus Estimate, with the percentage difference between the two giving us the Zacks ESP figure.
The final step today is to look at a stock that meets our ESP qualifications. Costco (COST) earns a Zacks Rank #3 17 days from its next quarterly earnings release on September 22, 2022, and its Most Accurate Estimate comes in at $4.12 a share.
Costco's Earnings ESP sits at 0.11%, which, as explained above, is calculated by taking the percentage difference between the $4.12 Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.11.
COST is one of just a large database of Retail-Wholesale stocks with positive ESPs. Another solid-looking stock is Amazon (AMZN).
Slated to report earnings on October 27, 2022, Amazon holds a #3 (Hold) ranking on the Zacks Rank, and it's Most Accurate Estimate is $0.59 a share 52 days from its next quarterly update.
Amazon's Earnings ESP figure currently stands at 103.45% after taking the percentage difference between its Most Accurate Estimate and its Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.29.
COST and AMZN's positive ESP metrics may signal that a positive earnings surprise for both stocks is on the horizon.
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