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Top 5 Stocks Boasting Impressive Earnings Growth

The highest priority among the top brass in any organization is to secure earnings growth on a year-over-year basis. And why is this so? It’s because earnings growth indicates the affluence of a company.

Earnings are basically revenues that the company generates after deducting cost of production over a given period of time. If the company doesn’t make money then it won’t last in the long run and will eventually run out of steam.

Upbeat earnings results have a positive impact on the company’s share price. And a better-than-expected earnings performance generally lead to a jump in the share price. 

As we are in the thick of the earnings season, this is the right time to look at stocks that have a high historical earnings growth rate and are also seeing an increase in quarterly and annual earnings estimates. While valuing a firm, earnings estimates play a significant role. Analysts can examine the cash flow based on these periodic earnings estimates to determine the fair value of the company.

Earnings estimates embody investors’ views about various factors such as sales growth, product demand, competitive industry environment, profit margins and cost control. Thus, earnings estimates are a valuable tool for investors when deciding whether or not to buy a stock.

Screening Parameters

In order to shortlist stocks that have striking earnings growth and positive estimate revisions, we added the following parameters:

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2 (Only Zacks' 'Buys' and 'Strong Buys' allowed. With the Zacks Rank proving itself to be one of the best rating systems out there, this is a great way to start things off.)

5-Year Historical EPS Growth (%) greater than X-Industry. (Stocks that possess strong EPS growth history.)

% Change EPS F(0)/F(-1) greater than or equal to 5 (Companies that witnessed year-over-year earnings growth rate of 5% or more in the last reported fiscal year.)

% Change Q1 Estimates over the last 4 weeks greater than zero (Stocks that have seen their current quarter earnings estimates revised higher in the last 4 weeks.)

% Change F1 Estimates over the last 1 week greater than zero (Stocks that have seen their annual earnings estimates revised higher in the last 1 week.)

% Change F1 Estimates over the last 4 weeks greater than zero (Stocks that have seen their annual earnings estimates revised higher in the last 4 weeks.)

The above criteria narrowed down the universe of over 8,800 stocks to only 20. Here are the top 5 stocks:

Coty Inc. (COTY)  

Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)

Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (SPB)

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (PNW)

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SWK)

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