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Do you like to follow earnings season and guess which stocks will announce an earnings surprise and which will disappoint? For a closer look at stocks reporting their first-quarter earnings next week, we ran a screen.

We began by screening next week's reporting companies for those rallying above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages, indicating these stocks have upward momentum.

We then screened theses names for those with impressive profitability, with higher gross, operating, and pretax margins than their industry peers, by at least 5% on each margin. This indicates that these companies are taking a greater percentage of their revenues as profits than their industry peers.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in market cap 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 companies will announce positive earnings surprises next week? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by difference between pretax margin and industry average.

1. Entertainment Properties Trust (EPR): Develops, owns, leases, and finances entertainment and related properties in the United States and Canada. Market cap at $2.21B, most recent closing price at $46.74. Earnings to be released on 05/01. The stock is currently rallying 0.12% above its 20-day moving average, 3.28% above its 50-day MA, and 9.82% above its 200-day MA. TTM gross margin at 59.13% vs. industry average at 41.42%. TTM operating margin at 59.13% vs. industry average at 39.15%.TTM pretax margin at 33.67% vs. industry average at 19.44%.

2. Loews Corporation (L): Operates primarily as a commercial property and casualty insurance company in the United States. Market cap at $15.81B, most recent closing price at $39.26. Earnings to be released on 04/30. The stock is currently rallying 0.08% above its 20-day moving average, 1.20% above its 50-day MA, and 4.10% above its 200-day MA. TTM gross margin at 19.7% vs. industry average at 13.98%. TTM operating margin at 19.7% vs. industry average at 11.06%.TTM pretax margin at 15.8% vs. industry average at 8.33%.

3. Gen-Probe Inc. (GPRO): Engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of nucleic acid tests used primarily to diagnose human diseases and screen donated human blood in North America and internationally. Market cap at $3.11B, most recent closing price at $67.70. Earnings to be released on 05/03. The stock is currently rallying 1.83% above its 20-day moving average, 0.47% above its 50-day MA, and 9.01% above its 200-day MA. TTM gross margin at 76.1% vs. industry average at 65.52%. TTM operating margin at 25.6% vs. industry average at 14.06%.TTM pretax margin at 16.17% vs. industry average at 10.98%.

*Profitability data sourced from Fidelity, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 3 Rallying, Highly Profitable Stocks Reporting Earnings Next Week