Quarterly earnings reports are usually big events for a company's stock price - a bad report can send a stock falling fast. For ideas on how to create your own watchlist, we ran a screen.
We screened for companies of the S&P 500 reporting their latest quarterly earnings next week. We screened for those with the highest net insider purchases over the last six months, indicating members of these companies' boards and management teams believe in their employers.
Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.
We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.
Do you think these stocks will report earnings surprises? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.
1. Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (ANR): Engages in the production, processing, and sale of coal in the United States. Earnings to be released on 02/24. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 71,700 shares, which represents about 0.03% of the company's 222.95M share float.
2. Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK): Engages in the acquisition, development, exploration, and production of natural gas and oil properties in the United States. Earnings to be released on 02/21. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 207,300 shares, which represents about 0.03% of the company's 630.17M share float.
3. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD): Provides pre-media, printing, logistics, and business process outsourcing products and services to private and public sectors worldwide. Earnings to be released on 02/22. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 206,200 shares, which represents about 0.11% of the company's 186.20M share float.
*Insider data sourced from Yahoo Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.