Earnings season has officially begun.
) reported better-than-expected earnings on Friday of last week,
which added 6% to the stock and helped push the Dow over 11,000.
This is the perfect example of the power of earnings and this is
precisely why we focus on quarterly financial reports.
With the season underway, it's time we look at earnings and
sift through the details of our companies' financial reports due
to come out in the next several weeks. Here are three stocks to
watch that could post strong numbers.
) announces earnings Oct. 25. This is a semiconductor company and
with all the economic jitters we have been getting this summer,
the shares have been volatile despite the phenomenal growth in
Second-quarter profit rose eightfold to $9 million, or 34
cents per share, as revenue grew 77%. The operating margin
increased from 11% to 26%. If the company delivers good
earnings again in late October, I think the fear that built into
the stock will turn into greed and shares will get moving in a
) will report earnings on Oct. 18. This is a classic American
industrial company. Eaton makes electrical components as well as
hydraulics components for truck and automotive drivetrain and
powertrain systems. Estimates call for a 13% rise in sales but I
think ETN has a real shot of coming in higher than expected.
Also, analysts have upped earnings estimates 15% in the last 30
days. This bodes well for an earnings surprise.
I don't want to call it a long shot, but my last pick this
week has a few factors that could push shares sky high if all
) is a retailer that has a very popular workout shoe on the
market right now. There are a lot of investors out there that are
betting this is a fad shoe and that sales will quickly dry up and
leave the company vulnerable. That's why many are shorting the
stock, hoping for a fall. While Skechers' Shape-up shoe may turn
out to be a fad, it's not going to happen in the near term and
smart investors will get in ahead of earnings and benefit from
the inevitable short squeeze.
The short ratio as percent of the float is approximately 30%
as I write. This is a significant percentage. In August there
were 8.54 million shares shorted, while as of Sept. 15 that
number has risen to 9.02 million. Sketchers will announce
earnings on Oct. 18 and because of robust sales, I think they
will be good. If I'm right, all of the shares that are sold short
will have to be covered. That means short sellers will be forced
to buy back shares and create massive buying pressure that will
lift the stock. This is a big opportunity for Skechers to prove
Wall Street wrong and for investors to profit from a well-run
As of this writing, Louis Navellier was recommending these
stocks in his Quantum Growth and Emerging Growth
Top 5 Stocks for the 4th-Quarter Surge
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