) is slated to release its fourth quarter 2012 financial results
before the market bell on Feb 20, 2013. In the last reported
quarter, this utility company posted a negative surprise of
6.34%. Let's see how things are shaping up at Ameren prior to
Factors to Consider This Quarter
We believe the company's several utility and natural gas
pending rate cases could be an overhang on its operations. Also,
the disappointing order issued by the Illinois Commerce
Commission regarding electric rate delivery will impact the
However, the normal winter weather in the U.S. could temper
the aforementioned negatives in the fourth quarter.
Our proven model does not conclusively show that Ameren Corp.
is likely to beat earnings this quarter. This is because a stock
needs to have both a positive earnings Expected Surprise
Prediction (ESP) (Read:
Zacks Earnings ESP: A Better Method
) and a Zacks Rank of #1, 2 or 3 for this to happen. This is not
the case here.
Negative Zacks ESP:
This is because the Most Accurate estimate stands at 16 cents per
share while the Zacks Consensus Estimate is substantially higher
at 22 cents, resulting in -27.27% ESP.
Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy):
Ameren's Zacks Rank #1 when combined with negative ESP makes
surprise prediction difficult. We caution investors against the
stock going into the earnings announcement, as a negative Zacks
ESP lowers the possibility of an earnings surprise.
Other Stocks to Consider
Other companies you may want to consider on the basis of our
model which shows that they have the right combination of
elements to post an earnings beat this quarter are as
) has earnings ESP of +75% and carries a Zacks Rank #3
) has earnings ESP of +1.75% and carries a Zacks Rank #3
NV Energy Inc.
) has earnings ESP of +14.29% and carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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