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Chicago, IL - March 16, 2017 - Stocks in this week's article include U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SLCA - Free Report ), RPC, Inc. (NYSE: RES - Free Report ) and Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SNOW - Free Report ).

Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:

3 Stocks to Buy with Impressive Earnings Acceleration

As we look ahead to the Q1 earnings season, investors should ideally consider stocks that are ready to make a big move. Upbeat earnings results are more often than not followed by an uptick in the share price. Right from the top brass to research analysts, earnings growth captivates all. This is because earnings are a measure of money a company is making. Notably, earnings are essentially revenues that the company generates after deducting the cost of production over a given period of time.

Studies, however, have shown that a majority of successful stocks had seen acceleration in earnings before a positive stock price movement. Hence, earnings acceleration works even better in lifting the stock price.

Spot the Outperformers

So, what is earnings acceleration? It helps spot stocks that haven't caught the attention of investors yet, which once secured will invariably lead to a rally in the share price. This is because earnings acceleration considers both direction and magnitude of growth rates. However, if you pick stocks just on the basis of earnings growth then you are paying for something that has already been reflected in the stock price.

It is the incremental growth in a company's earnings per share (EPS). In other words, if the rate of a company's quarter-over-quarter earnings growth increases within a stipulated frame of time, it can be called earnings acceleration.

Earnings acceleration, hence, should be viewed as a key metric for share price outperformance in Q1 when earnings are expected to be up 6.6% from the same period last year on 6.5% higher revenues. This will follow the 7.4% earnings growth recorded in Q4 on 3.7% revenue improvement, the best performance in almost two years (read more: Looking Ahead to the Q1 Earnings Season ).

The Winning Strategy

Let's look at stocks for which the last two quarter-over-quarter percentage EPS growth rates exceed the growth rates of the previous periods. The projected quarter-over-quarter percentage EPS growth rates are also expected to be higher than the previous periods' growth rates.

EPS % Projected Growth (Q1)/(Q0) greater than EPS % Growth (Q0)/(Q-1) : The projected growth rate for the current quarter (Q1) over the completed quarter (Q0) has to be greater than the growth rate from the completed quarter (Q0) over one quarter ago (Q-1).

EPS % Growth (Q0)/(Q-1) greater than EPS % Growth (Q-1)/(Q-2) : The growth rate for the completed quarter (Q0) over one quarter ago (Q-1) has to be greater than the growth rate from one quarter ago (Q-1) over two quarters ago (Q-2).

EPS % Growth (Q-1)/(Q-2) greater than EPS % Growth (Q-2)/(Q-3) : The growth rate from one quarter ago (Q-1) over two quarters ago (Q-2) has to be greater than the growth rate from two quarters ago (Q-2) over three quarters ago (Q-3).

In addition to this, we have added the following parameters:

Current Price greater than or equal to $5 : This screens out the low-priced stocks.

Average 20-day volume greater than or equal to 50,000 : High trading volume implies that the stocks have adequate liquidity.

The above criteria narrowed down the universe of around 7,735 stocks to only eight. Here are the top three stocks that flaunt a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SLCA - Free Report ) produces and sells commercial silica in the U.S. The company operates through two segments, Oil & Gas Proppants and Industrial & Specialty Products. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company's current year earnings climbed more than 100% over the last 60 days, while its expected earnings growth rate for the current quarter is 125.44%.

RPC, Inc. (NYSE: RES - Free Report ) provides a range of oilfield services and equipment for oil and gas companies involved in the exploration, production, and development of oil and gas properties in the U.S., Africa, Canada, Argentina, China, Mexico, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company's current year earnings jumped over 100% in the last 60 days, while its expected earnings growth rate for the current quarter is 73.3%.

Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SNOW - Free Report ) operates as a mountain resort, adventure and real estate company in North America. The company operates through three segments: Mountain, Adventure and Real Estate. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company's current year earnings rose 25.8% over the last 60 days, while it is also expected to give positive returns during the current quarter.

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