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Will Apache (APA) Crush Estimates at Its Next Earnings Report?

Looking for a stock that might be in a good position to beat earnings at its next report? Consider Apache Corp.APA , a firm in the Oil-US Export & Production 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, APA has beaten estimates by at least 40% in both cases, suggesting it has a nice short-term history of crushing expectations.

Earnings in Focus

Two quarters ago, APA expected to incur a loss of 62 cents per share, while it actually incurred loss of 37 cents per share, a beat of 40.3%. Meanwhile, for the most recent quarter, the company looked to incur loss of 32 cents per share, when it actually saw earnings of 22 cents per share instead, representing a positive surprise of more than 100%.

Thanks in part to this history, recent estimates have been moving higher for Apache. In fact, the Earnings ESP for APA 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 APA, as the firm currently has a Zacks Earnings ESP of 2.63%, so another beat could be around the corner.

This is particularly true when you consider that APA has a great Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) which can be a harbinger of outperformance and a signal for a strong earnings profile. And 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 APA could see another beat at its next report, especially if recent trends are any guide.

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