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Chicago, IL - October 25, 2016 - Stocks in this week's article include Chemours Company (NYSE: CC - Free Report ) ,Teck Resources Limited (NYSE: TCK - Free Report ) ,Best Buy Co. Inc. (NYSE: BBY - Free Report ) ,Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN - Free Report ) and Marinemax Inc. (NYSE: HZO - Free Report ) .

Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:

5 Top-Ranked Stocks with Earnings Beat Potential

All the suspense that builds up before the release of any company's quarterly financial results pertains to whether its earnings will beat or miss the estimates. More than the comparison with previous results, it is a positive earnings surprise that drives a stock post earnings release.

Inside Earnings Surprise

A positive earnings surprise or earnings beat is typically the case when actual or reported earnings come in above the consensus estimate and vice versa. Historically, stocks of companies with solid quarterly earnings (on a nominal basis) tank if they miss or merely meet market expectations.

After all, a 20% earnings rise (though apparently looks good) doesn't tell you everything about the company. Maybe this represents a decelerating earnings growth momentum, raising questions over the company's fundamentals.

Also, seasonal fluctuations come into the play sometimes. If any company's Q1 is seasonally weak and Q4 is strong, then it is likely to report a sequential earnings decline. In such cases, growth rates are misleading while judging the true health of a company.

Instead, after much brainstorming on a company's financials and initiatives, Wall Street analysts project its earnings. They also consider a company's guidance when deriving an earnings estimate.

Thus, outperforming that key estimate is almost equivalent to beating the company's own expectation as well as the market perception. And if the margin of earnings surprise is big, it typically drives the stock higher right after the release. Thus, more than anything else, an earnings surprise can push a stock higher.

How to Find Out Those Gems?

Now, finding stocks that have the potential to beat on the bottom line is a pretty tough job. One way of tracking them down is by looking at the earnings surprise history of a company.

An impressive history in this regard generally acts as a driver in sending a stock higher. It indicates the company's ability to exceed estimates consistently. And investors generally believe that the company will apply the same secret sauce to deliver yet another earning beat in its upcoming release.

The Winning Strategy

In order to shortlist stocks that are likely to come up with an earnings surprise, we chose the followingas our primary screening parameters.

Last EPS Surprise greater than or equal to 10%: Stocks delivering positive surprise in the last quarter tend to surprise again.

Average EPS Surprise in the last four quarters greater than 20%: We lifted the bar for outperformance slight higher by setting the average earnings surprise for the last four quarters at 20%.

Average EPS Surprise in the last two quarters greater than 20%: This points to a more consistent surprise history and makes the case for another surprise even stronger.

In addition, we place a few other criteria that push up the chance of a positive surprise.

Zacks Rank equal to 1: Only companies with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) rating can get through. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

Earnings ESPgreater than zero: A stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank of #1, 2 or 3 for an earnings beat to happen, as per our proven model.

In order to zero in on those that have long-term growth potential and high trading liquidity we have added the following parameters too:

Next 3-5 Years Estimated EPS Growth (Per Year) greater than 10%: Solid expected earnings growth exhibits the stock's long-term growth prospects.

Average 20-day Volume greater than 100,000: High trading volume implies that the stocks have adequate liquidity.

A handful of criteria has narrowed down the universe from over 7,700 stocks to 10.

Here are five out of the 10 stocks:

The Chemours Company(NYSE: CC - Free Report ) : The company is into chemical business. The Zacks Industry Rank of the stock is in the top 22%.

Teck Resources Limited(NYSE: TCK - Free Report ) : The company is into mining and mineral development. The Zacks Industry Rank of the stock is in the top 16%.

Best Buy Co. Inc.(NYSE: BBY - Free Report ) : The company sells personal computers, consumer electronics, major appliances and related accessories mainly through its retail stores. The Zacks Industry Rank of the stock is in the top 26%.

Amazon.com Inc.(NASDAQ: AMZN - Free Report ) : It is one of the largest online retailers in the world with the Zacks Industry Rank within the top 17%.

Marinemax Inc.(NYSE: HZO - Free Report ) : The company is a recreational boat dealer in the U.S. Its industry rank is within the top 25%.

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