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.
The earnings figure itself is key, but a beat or miss on the bottom line can sometimes be just as, if not more, important. Therefore, investors should consider paying close attention to these earnings surprises, as a big beat can help a stock climb even higher.
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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 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. NexTier Oilfield Solutions (NEX) holds a Zacks Rank #2 at the moment and its Most Accurate Estimate comes in at $0.34 a share 20 days away from its upcoming earnings release on July 26, 2022.
NEX has an Earnings ESP figure of 15.25%, which, as explained above, is calculated by taking the percentage difference between the $0.34 Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.30.
NEX is part of a big group of Oils-Energy stocks that boast a positive ESP, and investors may want to take a look at Devon Energy (DVN) as well.
Devon Energy, which is readying to report earnings on August 1, 2022, sits at a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) right now. It's Most Accurate Estimate is currently $2.30 a share, and DVN is 26 days out from its next earnings report.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Devon Energy is $2.29, and when you take the percentage difference between that number and its Most Accurate Estimate, you get the Earnings ESP figure of 0.07%.
NEX and DVN's positive ESP metrics may signal that a positive earnings surprise for both stocks is on the horizon.
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