Two factors often determine stock prices in the long run: earnings and interest rates. Investors can't control the latter, but they can focus on a company's earnings results every quarter.
We know earnings results are vital, but how a company performs compared to bottom line expectations can be even more important when it comes to stock prices, especially in the near-term. This means that investors might want to take advantage of these 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.
Now that we understand what the ESP is and how beneficial it can be, let's dive into a stock that currently fits the bill. Range Resources (RRC) earns a Zacks Rank #1 right now and its Most Accurate Estimate sits at $1.45 a share, just 26 days from its upcoming earnings release on October 25, 2022.
By taking the percentage difference between the $1.45 Most Accurate Estimate and the $1.36 Zacks Consensus Estimate, Range Resources has an Earnings ESP of 6.18%.
RRC is one of just a large database of Oils-Energy stocks with positive ESPs. Another solid-looking stock is Cheniere Energy (LNG).
Cheniere Energy, which is readying to report earnings on November 3, 2022, sits at a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) right now. It's Most Accurate Estimate is currently $5.21 a share, and LNG is 35 days out from its next earnings report.
For Cheniere Energy, the percentage difference between its Most Accurate Estimate and its Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.78 is 9.06%.
RRC and LNG's positive ESP metrics may signal that a positive earnings surprise for both stocks is on the horizon.
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