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Prudential Financial (PRU) Q3 Earnings: A Surprise in Store?

Prudential Financial, Inc.PRU is set to report third-quarter 2016 results on Nov 2, after the market closes . Last quarter, the company posted a negative earnings surprise of 26.10%. Let's see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Factors to be Considered this Quarter

Prudential Financial is likely to display significant growth in sales and flows across its domestic and international businesses in the to-be-reported quarter. Moreover, the company is likely to report strong earnings and robust net inflows at its Asset Management business in the quarter.

Also, Prudential Financial's Retirement segment might record improvement in results in the pension risk transfer (PRT) business owing to its leadership position and deeper penetration in the same.

However, the company is likely to report a decline in net investment income due to a low interest rate environment. In addition, the multi line insurer is likely to incur higher expenses, primarily comprising of fixed asset disposals, legal costs and employee benefit costs.

With respect to surprise trend, the company delivered negative surprises in all of the last four quarters, with an average miss of 12.57%.

PRUDENTIAL FINL Price and EPS Surprise

PRUDENTIAL FINL Price and EPS Surprise | PRUDENTIAL FINL Quote

Earnings Whispers

Our proven model does not conclusively show that Prudential Financial is likely to beat on earnings 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 : Prudential Financial has an Earnings ESP of 0.00%. This is because both the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate stand at $2.50. Please check our Earnings ESP Filter that enables you to find stocks that are expected to come out with earnings surprises.

Zacks Rank : Prudential Financial holds a Zacks Rank #2.

Conversely, we caution against Sell-rated stocks (Zacks Rank #4 or 5) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.

Currently, the stock is trading at $84.50. We expect the release to lead to stock movement.

Stocks to Consider

Here are some companies from the finance sector that you may want to consider as these have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter:

Cigna Corp. CI , which is slated to report third-quarter earnings on Nov 3, has an Earnings ESP of +2.62% and a Zacks Rank #3. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

Ares Management, L.P. ARES has an Earnings ESP of +2.63% and a Zacks Rank #2. The company is set to report third-quarter earnings on Nov 7.

AerCap Holdings N.V. AER has an Earnings ESP of +7.80% and a Zacks Rank #3. The company is slated to report third-quarter earnings on Nov 8.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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