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Zacks.com featured highlights include: ABM, Consol, AAR, United Natural and DXP

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·5 min read

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – May 15, 2020 - Stocks in this week’s article are ABM Industries ABM, Consol Energy CEIX, AAR Corp. AIR, United Natural Foods UNFI and DXP Enterprises DXPE.

5 Stocks in the Spotlight Post-Recent Broker Upgrades

That the coronavirus pandemic has dampened the earnings picture this season, which is in its last leg, is common knowledge. The latest earnings outlook indicates that total earnings of the S&P 500 participants who have reported first-quarter results so far are declined 11.1% on a year-over-year basis. Even though all the 16 Zacks sectors are affected, a few like transportation bore the brunt severely. Evidently, total earnings of the S&P 500 transportation stocks plunged 58% year over year.

Although, the bleak scenario depicted above is enough to unsettle investors, it is also a fact that those who already put their money in the stock market will never want their investment to go down the drain by choosing stocks unwisely for their respective portfolios. To avoid such blunders and instead, select the winning picks even in the most trying times, investors should seek advice from brokers, who are deemed experts in the field of investing.

Brokers, irrespective of their types (sell-side, buy-side or independent), do a thorough research on the stocks covered by them. They have access to a lot more information on a company’s profile and its prospects than individual investors. To meet their goal, they dig deep into the publicly available financial documents apart from attending company conference calls and other presentations. 

Since brokers meticulously follow the stocks in their coverage, they revise their earnings estimates after carefully examining the pros and cons of an event for the concerned company. Naturally, their estimate revisions serve as a key determinant for the stock price. To take care of the earnings performance, we designed a screen based on improving analyst recommendations and upward estimate revisions over the last four weeks.

Consider the Top Line Too

However, designing a strategy based solely on the bottom line is unlikely to result in a winning strategy. Actually, according to many market watchers, a revenue beat is more commendable for a company than a mere earnings outperformance. To address the top-line issues, we included in our screen the price/sales ratio, which serves as a strong complementary valuation metric.

For the rest of this Screen of the Week article please visit Zacks.com at: https://www.zacks.com/stock/news/925237/5-stocks-in-the-spotlight-post-recent-broker-rating-upgrades

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