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Why Earnings Season Could Be Great for Cracker Barrel (CBRL)

Investors are always looking for stocks that are poised to beat at earnings season and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. CBRL may be one such company. The firm has earnings coming up pretty soon, and events are shaping up quite nicely for their report.

That is because Cracker Barrel is seeing favorable earnings estimate revision activity as of late, which is generally a precursor to an earnings beat. After all, analysts raising estimates right before earnings — with the most up-to-date information possible — is a pretty good indicator of some favorable trends underneath the surface for CBRL in this report.

In fact, the Most Accurate Estimate for the current quarter is currently at 40 cents per share for CBRL, compared to a broader Zacks Consensus Estimate of 39 cents per share. This suggests that analysts have very recently bumped up their estimates for CBRL, giving the stock a Zacks Earnings ESP of +2.76% heading into earnings season.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. price-eps-surprise | Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Quote

Why is this Important?

A positive reading for the Zacks Earnings ESP has proven to be very powerful in producing both positive surprises, and outperforming the market. Our recent 10-year backtest shows that stocks that have a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) or better show a positive surprise nearly 70% of the time, and have returned over 28% on average in annual returns (see more Top Earnings ESP stocks here).

Given that CBRL has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and an ESP in positive territory, investors might want to consider this stock ahead of earnings. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Clearly, recent earnings estimate revisions suggest that good things are ahead for Cracker Barrel, and that a beat might be in the cards for the upcoming report.

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