Zacks Earnings Preview: EOG Resources, Deere, Ventas, Avon Products and Host Hotels - Press Releases

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Chicago, IL - February 13, 2012 - Zacks.com releases the list of companies likely to issue earnings surprises. This week's list includes EOG Resources  ( EOG ), Deere  ( DE ), Ventas  ( VTR ), Avon Products  ( AVP ) and Host Hotels  ( HST ). To see more earnings analysis, visit http://at.zacks.com/?id=3207 .

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Housing and Inflation in the Spotlight

Earnings season will be still going on this next week. 422 firms are scheduled to report, and 50 of those are members of the S&P 500.  By the end of the week we will be over 80% done with earnings season.

It will also be a busy week for economic data.  Key reports include Retail Sales, Industrial Production, two regional "mini ISM's," Housing Starts and inflation -- both on the Producer and the Consumer levels.

Potential Positive or Negative Surprises

The best indicators of firms likely to report positive surprises are a recent history of positive surprises and rising estimates going into the report. The Zacks Rank is also a good indicator of potential surprises. Similarly, a recent history of earnings disappointments, cuts in the average estimate for the quarter in the month before the report is due and a poor Zacks Rank (#4 or #5) are often red flags pointing to a potential disappointing earnings report.

Potential Positive Surprises:

  • EOG Resources  ( EOG ) is expected to earn $0.86, up from $0.36 a year ago.  Last time out, it had a positive surprise of 2.47%, and over the last four weeks analysts have raised their estimates for the quarter by 5.84%.  EOG is a Zacks #2 Rank stock.
  • Deere  ( DE ) is expected to earn $1.23, up from $1.20 a year ago.  Last time out, it had a positive surprise of 12.50%, and over the last four weeks analysts have raised their estimates for the quarter by 0.54%.  DE is a Zacks #2 Rank stock.
  • Ventas  ( VTR ) is expected to earn $0.89, up from $0.77 a year ago.  Last time out, it had a positive surprise of 8.64%, and over the last four weeks analysts have raised their estimates for the quarter by 0.26%.  VTR is a Zacks #2 Rank stock.

Potential Negative Surprises:

  • Avon Products  ( AVP ) is expected to earn $0.51, down from $0.59 a year ago.  Last time out, it had a negative surprise of 17.39%, and over the last four weeks analysts have cut their estimates for the quarter by 1.82%.  AVP is a Zacks #4 Rank stock.
  • Host Hotels  ( HST ) is expected to earn $0.30, up from $0.26 a year ago.  Last time out, it had a negative surprise of 5.88%, and over the last four weeks analysts have slashed their estimates for the quarter by 0.39%.  HST is a Zacks #4 Rank stock.

Dirk Van Dijk, CFA, is the Chief Equity Strategist for Zacks.com.

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AVON PRODS INC ( AVP ): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
DEERE & CO ( DE ): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
EOG RES INC ( EOG ): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
HOST HOTEL&RSRT ( HST ): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
VENTAS INC ( VTR ): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
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