D.R. Horton Inc.
) is set to report first quarter 2013 results on Jan 29, 2013.
Last quarter it posted an earnings surprise of 7.14%. Let's see
how things are shaping up for this announcement.
Growth Factors this Past Quarter
The rising demand for new homes has led to a favorable
situation in the housing market, where inventory levels are
dropping and prices are moving up. D.R. Horton has been
witnessing significant growth in both volumes and selling prices.
Moreover, new home orders, backlogs and homes delivered have all
increased in double digit percentages in fiscal 2012. D.R.
Horton's homes in inventory have also been increasing. Moreover,
the company is leveraging fixed costs while also increasing
production due to stronger demand.
Our proven model does not conclusively show that D.R. Horton
is likely to beat earnings this quarter. That is because a stock
needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP (Read:
Zacks Earnings ESP: A Better Method
) and a Zacks Rank #1, 2 or 3 for this to happen. That is not the
case here as you will see below.
Negative Zacks ESP:
That is because the Most Accurate estimate stands at 12 cents
while the Zacks Consensus Estimate is higher at 14 cents. That is
a difference of -14.29%.
Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell):
D.R. Horton's Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) when combined with a
negative ESP makes surprise prediction difficult. We caution
against stocks with Zacks Rank #4 and #5 (Sell rated stocks)
going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company
is seeing negative estimate revisions momentum.
Other Stocks to Consider
Here are some other companies you may want to consider as our
model shows they have the right combination of elements to post
an earnings beat this quarter:
Meritage Homes Corporation
), Earnings ESP of +4.76% and Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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MDC Holdings Inc.
), Earnings ESP of +11.63% and Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
Ryland Group Inc.
), Earnings ESP of +6.00% and Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).