Looking for a stock that might be in a good position to beat earnings at its next report? Consider Ameren CorporationAEE , a firm in the Utility - Electric Power industry, which could be a great candidate for another beat.
This company has seen a nice streak of beating earnings estimates, especially when looking at the previous two reports. In fact, in these reports, AEE has beaten estimates by at least 10% in both cases, suggesting it has a nice short-term history of crushing expectations.
Earnings in Focus
Two quarters ago, AEE expected to post earnings of 53 cents per share, while it actually produced earnings of 61 cents per share, a beat of 15.1%. Meanwhile, for the most recent quarter, the company looked to deliver earnings of $1.38 per share, when it actually saw earnings of $1.52 per share instead, representing a 10.1% positive surprise.
AMEREN CORP Price and EPS Surprise
Thanks in part to this history, recent estimates have been moving higher for Ameren Corporation. In fact, the Earnings ESP for AEE is positive, which is a great sign of a coming beat.
After all, the Zacks Earnings ESP compares the most accurate estimate to the broad consensus, looking to find stocks that have seen big revisions as of late, suggesting that analysts have recently become more bullish on the company's earnings prospects. This is the case for AEE, as the firm currently has a Zacks Earnings ESP of 18.75%, so another beat could be around the corner.
This is particularly true when you consider that AEE has a great Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) which can be a harbinger of outperformance and a signal for a strong earnings profile. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .
When you add this solid Zacks Rank to a positive Earnings ESP, a positive earnings surprise happens nearly 70% of the time, so it seems pretty likely that AEE could see another beat at its next report, especially if recent trends are any guide.
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