Gigamon Inc.GIMO is set to report first-quarter 2017 results on Apr 27. Last quarter, the company posted a negative earnings surprise of 38.89%. Let's see how things are shaping up for this announcement.
Factors at Play
Gigamon reported not-so-encouraging fourth-quarter 2016 results, where in the bottom line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate despite the top line matching the same.
Nonetheless, we believe that Gigamon's results are poised to benefit from a rapidly growing network security solutions market, worth more than $18 billion. The ongoing transition to cloud and fast adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology presents significant growth potential for the company.
Gigamon's product launches are expected to drive growth. The GigaSMART, GigaVUE-HC1 and GigaVUE-HC2 platforms continue to witness increased adoption. Moreover, the company is adding clients, which should boost its financial results.
However, the company faces pricing challenges because of intensifying competition from Juniper Networks Inc. JNPR and Cisco.
Gigamon Inc. Price and EPS Surprise
Our proven model does not conclusively show that Gigamon will beat earnings estimates this quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) for this to happen. That is not the case here as you will see below.
Zacks ESP: Gigamon ESP is 0.00% since both the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate stand at a loss of 8 cents. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they're reported with our Earnings ESP Filter
Zacks Rank: Gigamon' Zacks Rank #2 when combined with a 0.00% ESP makes surprise prediction difficult.
We caution against stocks with a Zacks Rank #4 or 5 (Sell rated) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is witnessing negative estimate revisions.
Other Stocks to Consider
Here are some companies you may want to consider as our model shows that they have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter.
Seagate Technology plc STX , with an Earnings ESP of +3.77% and a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Western Digital Corporation WDC , with an Earnings ESP of +2.16% and a Zacks Rank #1.
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