) is set to report fourth-quarter 2013 results on Jan 31, 2014.
Last quarter, it posted an 8.65% surprise. Let's see how things
are shaping up for this announcement.
Growth Factors this Past Quarter
Aon has been launching products, enhancing its offerings,
establishing partnerships and executing acquisitions to fortify
its global foothold. Last quarter, it extended its services to
The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, partnered with
XL Group plc
) and National Council on Aging. Aon also launched products like
Aon Rail Excess Liability facility, Weather Protect, a cyber
diagnostic tool and the first probabilistic catastrophe model to
enhance its risk solutions business. All these coupled with
product launches in the HR Solutions segment, like A to Z
auto-enrolment solution, SimPlus Savings and DC Nexus, and the
acquisition of Stratford 360 are expected to drive growth going
forward. However, competitive threats and exposure to foreign
exchange rate fluctuations might dampen the results to some
Our proven model does not conclusively show that Aon is likely
to beat earnings this quarter. That is because a stock needs to
have both a positive
(Expected Surprise Prediction) and a Zacks Rank of #1, 2 or 3 for
this to happen. That is not the case here as you will see
Zero Zacks ESP:
That is because the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks
Consensus Estimate both stand at $1.52, making the difference
Zacks Rank #3 (Hold):
Aon's Zacks Rank #3 increases the predictive power of ESP but
when combined with a zero ESP, it 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 zero or negative estimate
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:
FBL Financial Group Inc.
), with Earnings ESP of +4.49% and Zacks Rank #1 (Strong
ING U.S. Inc.
) with Earnings ESP of +2.94% and Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
AON PLC (AON): Free Stock Analysis Report
FBL FINL GRP-A (FFG): Free Stock Analysis
ING US INC (VOYA): Free Stock Analysis Report
XL GROUP PLC (XL): Free Stock Analysis Report
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