Looking for a stock that might be in a good position to beat earnings at its next report? Consider J. C. Penney Company, Inc.JCP , a firm in the Retail-Regional Departmental Stores 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, JCP has beaten estimates by at least 20% in both cases, suggesting it has a nice short-term history of crushing expectations.
Earnings in Focus
Two quarters ago, JCP expected to post a loss of 40 cents per share, while it actually produced a loss of 32 cents per share, a beat of 20%. Meanwhile, for the most recent quarter, the company looked to deliver a loss of 15 cents per share, when it actually saw a loss of 5 cents per share instead, representing a 66.7% positive surprise.
PENNEY (JC) INC Price and EPS Surprise
Thanks in part to this history, recent estimates have been moving higher for J. C. Penney Company. In fact, the Earnings ESP for JCP 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 JCP, as the firm currently has a Zacks Earnings ESP of 5.26%, so another beat could be around the corner.
This is particularly true when you consider that JCP 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 JCP see another beat at its next report, especially if recent trends are any guide.
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