Earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices. Couple that with the proven benefits of upgrades in ratings from brokerage firms and you have a strategy that delivered a +23.3 return in 2006. Four stocks meeting this screen’s exclusive criteria are Deere & Co (NYSE: DE), The Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ: NDAQ), Priceline.com (NASDAQ: PCLN) and Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX). View the entire list of stocks for the Upgrades and Revisions Profit Track at http://at.zacks.com/?id=1844
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Deere & Co (NYSE: DE) stock price has been on a tear lately, adding more strength to what was an already great year. Much of this recent gusto has been fueled by the company’s latest quarterly earnings report, which was released on Nov 21. Revenue grew to $6.14 billion from $5.12 billion, better than the $5.8 billion expected by analysts. Earnings were $422.1 million, up from $277.3 in the previous year. The $1.88 earnings per share easily outpaced analyst estimates of $1.55. Three covering analysts have increased current quarter earnings estimates within the past 30 days.
The Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ: NDAQ) has rebounded very nicely after a steep sell-off in a very weak overall market in early November. In the company’s most recent quarter it reported very healthy numbers. Revenue increased 22.7%, growing from $171.2 million to $210 million. Excluding one-time items, earnings grew from $30.2 million to $62.1 million. The analyst community has been bullish on the company lately, with two increasing their current quarter earnings projections within the last seven days. The consensus estimate has been steadily increasing for the last 60 days and now stands at 46 cents. The company has beaten analyst estimates for the last four quarters by an average of five cents, or 16.89%.
Priceline.com (NASDAQ: PCLN) is a company on the upswing as it has recently reported a great quarter that seems to have re-energized its stock. On Nov 8, the company announced that in its most recent quarter, revenue had increased 33% to $417.3 million. Income almost doubled, growing from $47.8 million to $104.4, producing earnings of $2.27 per share. This easily trumped analyst expectations. The company has surprised and beaten estimate for four consecutive quarters by an average of 18 cents, or over 38%. Within the last 30 days five covering analysts have increased their current quarter projections, with the consensus estimate now standing at 75 cents, as opposed to 70 cents only last month.
Netflix, Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) stock price has had a somewhat choppy year but now looks to be gaining strength and headed in the right direction. On Oct 23, the company reported a very nice quarter, with earnings rose 23% year over year, to 23 cents per share on revenue of $294 million. The analyst community was expecting earnings of 15 cents per share. The current quarter consensus trend has increased sharply from just 60 days ago, and now stands at 14 cents compared to the previous six. The stock price appears to have bottomed out recently at just a pinch above $21, and has traded higher, almost touching $24.
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