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Looking for Stocks with Positive Earnings Momentum? Check Out These 2 Medical Names

Two factors often determine stock prices in the long run: earnings and interest rates. Investors can't control the latter, but they can focus on a company's earnings results every quarter.

We know earnings results are vital, but how a company performs compared to bottom line expectations can be even more important when it comes to stock prices, especially in the near-term. This means that investors might want to take advantage of these earnings surprises.

2 Stocks to Add to Your Watchlist

The Zacks Earnings ESP, or Expected Surprise Prediction, aims to find earnings surprises by focusing on the most recent analyst revisions. The basic premise is that if an analyst reevaluates their earnings estimate ahead of an earnings release, it means they likely have new information that could possibly be more accurate. The core of the ESP model is comparing the Most Accurate Estimate to the Zacks Consensus Estimate, where the resulting percentage difference between the two equals the Expected Surprise Prediction.

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Now that we understand what the ESP is and how beneficial it can be, let's dive into a stock that currently fits the bill. Universal Health Services (UHS) earns a Zacks Rank #2 right now and its Most Accurate Estimate sits at $3.14 a share, just 14 days from its upcoming earnings release on April 23, 2024.

UHS has an Earnings ESP figure of 0.71%, which, as explained above, is calculated by taking the percentage difference between the $3.14 Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.12.

UHS is part of a big group of Medical stocks that boast a positive ESP, and investors may want to take a look at Phreesia (PHR) as well.

Phreesia is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock, and is getting ready to report earnings on May 29, 2024. PHR's Most Accurate Estimate sits at -$0.49 a share 50 days from its next earnings release.

For Phreesia, the percentage difference between its Most Accurate Estimate and its Zacks Consensus Estimate of -$0.51 is 4.53%.

UHS and PHR's positive ESP metrics may signal that a positive earnings surprise for both stocks is on the horizon.

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Use the Zacks Earnings ESP Filter to turn up stocks with the highest probability of positively, or negatively, surprising to buy or sell before they're reported for profitable earnings season trading. Check it out here >>

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