Archer Daniels Midland Company
), the world's largest corn processor, is slated to report its
first-quarter 2014 results on Apr 29, 2014. In the past quarter,
it posted a positive surprise of 13.1%. Let us see how things are
shaping up for this announcement.
Factors Affecting the Past Quarter
Archer Daniels posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter 2013
bottom-line results, primarily owing to robust operating
performance at its Corn and Oilseeds Processing businesses,
partly offset by lower profits at the Agricultural Services
Our proven model does not conclusively show that Archer
Daniels is likely to beat earnings estimates this quarter. This
is because a stock needs to have both a positive
and a Zacks Rank #1, 2 or 3 for this to happen. This is not the
case here, as you will see below.
Negative Zacks ESP:
ESP for Archer Daniels is -3.95%. This is because the Most
Accurate Estimate stands at 73 cents, while the Zacks Consensus
Estimate is pegged at 76 cents.
Zacks Rank #3 (Hold):
Archer Daniels' Zacks Rank #3, when combined with a negative ESP,
makes surprise prediction difficult. We caution against stocks
with a Zacks Ranks #4 and 5 (Sell-rated stocks) going into the
earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing
negative estimate revisions momentum.
Stocks That Warrant a Look
Here are some other companies you may want to consider as our
model shows that these have the right combination of elements to
post an earning beat:
The Walt Disney Co.
) has an Earnings ESP of +1.03% and a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Time Warner Inc.
) has an Earnings ESP of +1.14% and a Zacks Rank #3.
The Allstate Corp.
) has an Earnings ESP of +0.88% and a Zacks Rank #3.
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