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 Expected Surprise Prediction, or ESP, works by locking in on the most up-to-date analyst earnings revisions because they can be more accurate than estimates from weeks or even months before the actual release date. The thinking is pretty straightforward: analysts who provide earnings estimates closer to the report are likely to have more information. With this in mind, the Expected Surprise Prediction compares the Most Accurate Estimate (being the most recent) against the overall Zacks Consensus Estimate. The percentage difference provides the ESP figure.
The final step today is to look at a stock that meets our ESP qualifications. Lululemon (LULU) earns a Zacks Rank #3 30 days from its next quarterly earnings release on June 1, 2023, and its Most Accurate Estimate comes in at $1.97 a share.
Lululemon's Earnings ESP sits at 1.97%, which, as explained above, is calculated by taking the percentage difference between the $1.97 Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.93.
LULU is just one of a large group of Consumer Discretionary stocks with a positive ESP figure. Dish Network (DISH) is another qualifying stock you may want to consider.
Slated to report earnings on May 5, 2023, Dish Network holds a #3 (Hold) ranking on the Zacks Rank, and it's Most Accurate Estimate is $0.44 a share three days from its next quarterly update.
Dish Network's Earnings ESP figure currently stands at 21.55% after taking the percentage difference between its Most Accurate Estimate and its Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.36.
LULU and DISH's positive ESP metrics may signal that a positive earnings surprise for both stocks is on the horizon.
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