Quarterly financial reports play a vital role on Wall Street, as they help investors see how a company has performed and what might be coming down the road in the near-term. And out of all of the metrics and results to consider, earnings is one of the most important.
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, or Expected Surprise Prediction, aims to find earnings surprises by focusing on the most recent analyst revisions. The basic premise is that if an analyst reevaluates their earnings estimate ahead of an earnings release, it means they likely have new information that could possibly be more accurate. The core of the ESP model is comparing the Most Accurate Estimate to the Zacks Consensus Estimate, where the resulting percentage difference between the two equals the Expected Surprise Prediction.
The last thing we will do today, now that we have a grasp on the ESP and how powerful of a tool it can be, is to look at a qualifying stock. Chevron (CVX) holds a Zacks Rank #3 at the moment and its Most Accurate Estimate comes in at $4.17 a share one day away from its upcoming earnings release on January 27, 2023.
Chevron’s Earnings ESP sits at 0.18%, which, as explained above, is calculated by taking the percentage difference between the $4.17 Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.16.
CVX is one of just a large database of Oils-Energy stocks with positive ESPs. Another solid-looking stock is Helmerich & Payne (HP).
Helmerich & Payne is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock, and is getting ready to report earnings on January 30, 2023. HP’s Most Accurate Estimate sits at $0.89 a share four days from its next earnings release.
For Helmerich & Payne, the percentage difference between its Most Accurate Estimate and its Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.81 is 8.68%.
CVX and HP’s positive ESP metrics may signal that a positive earnings surprise for both stocks is on the horizon.
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