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3 Stocks Likely to Beat Current Wall Street Earnings Estimates

With a landslide of earnings about to start for the third quarter, one of the things that Wall Street strategists and pundits will be looking for are solid overall reports. Even more exciting will be the companies that come in above estimates. A recent research report from Jefferies pinpoints some top companies that may be poised to surprise on either current numbers or forward guidance.

Jefferies listed nine companies they think can provide positive surprises or that may have imminent catalysts that could boost shares. We screened the list for the stocks that look like they could present the best upside potential and found three outstanding values.


This top health care provider has been mauled since June. Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) delivers quality products and services that give their members access to the care they need. With more than 68 million people served by its affiliated companies, including more than 37 million enrolled in its family of health plans, continued growth is not out of the question with an aging population that is living longer.

Many on Wall Street, including Jefferies, are very positive on the proposed merger with Cigna, which will make the combined company the largest U.S. health insurer by membership. While the Jefferies team has slid some...