In good markets or bad, earnings are one of the most important
things that influence stock prices.
But instead of just looking at only the most recent quarter's
earnings, try looking for earnings acceleration too.
With earnings season in full swing, this is a good time to go over
Studies have shown that almost all of the most successful stocks in
the past had displayed accelerated earnings BEFORE their most
impressive price moves.
Sideways 'percentage earnings growth' (even if they're good) or
decelerating 'percentage earnings growth' (strong or not) can
potentially signal a period of consolidation (or slowdown), which
in turn can flatten out prices or send them lower.
But increasing 'percentage earnings growth' (consistently improving
from the company's prior percentage of earnings growth) can often
be the difference between good stocks and great stocks.
In this screen, I'm focusing on increasing 'percentage earnings
growth' and projected 'percentage earnings growth'.
I want the last two Quarter over Quarter % EPS Growth periods to be
greater than the previous periods, and the next projected Quarter
over Quarter % EPS Growth period to be greater than the previous
period as well.
- EPS % Growth (Q-1)/(Q-2) greater than EPS % Growth
- EPS % Growth (Q0)/(Q-1) greater than EPS % Growth (Q-1)/(Q-2)
- EPS % Proj. Growth (Q1)/(Q0) greater than EPS % Growth
For Research Wizard users, this would be done in the
Calculation Expression feature: The expressions look like
i520 > i521 = 1 (True)
i519 > i520 = 1 (True)
i547 > i519 = 1 (True)
In addition to that, I'm only including stocks with a Zacks Rank
better than or equal to #3 (Hold, Buy, or Strong Buy); a price of
$5 or higher; with an average daily share volume of 100,000 or
- Zacks Rank less than or equal to 3
- Current Price greater than or equal to $5
- Avg. Daily Volume greater than or equal to 100,000
Here are 5 stocks to watch from this week's screen:
Core Laboratories NV
Willbros Group Inc.
WuXi PharmaTech Inc.
When a company reports earnings, take a look at their numbers, and
then see how their current % EPS Growth stacks up to their previous
period's % EPS Growth (and the period prior to that). Moreover,
take a look at how their Earnings Growth is forecasted in their
next reporting period as well.
Again, with statistics suggesting that accelerated earnings
typically appear BEFORE the most impressive price moves of a stock,
this is definitely a screen worth watching for finding winning
stocks on the move!!!
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strategies are available at:
CORE LABS NV (CLB): Free Stock Analysis Report
INVESCO LTD (IVZ): Free Stock Analysis Report
MEDTRONIC (MDT): Free Stock Analysis Report
WILLBROS GROUP (WG): Free Stock Analysis Report
WUXI PHARMATECH (WX): Free Stock Analysis
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