Pre-Earnings Reports Analysis – Top 10 Stocks of The Week

The purpose of this analysis is to make available to readers a series of data relating to 10 of the most important companies that release the earnings reports during the week.

In particular, the data concern analysts ‘expectations about growth in EPS and Revenue, transactions in the last quarter by Hedge Funds and Insiders, analysts’ target price and a risk indicator.

The information mentioned above is contained within a “card”. In addition, you can find a stock price graph to compare it with the S&P 500 index (black line).


Information contained in the “card”:

  • “Estimated EPS / Revenue Growth Y-o-Y”: growth or decrease expected by analysts on Earnings-Per-Share (EPS) and Revenue in this quarter compared to the same quarter of 12 months before
  • “Hedge Funds Buy / Sell”: indicates the number of shares purchased (if the box is green) or sold (if the box is red) by Hedge Funds in the last quarter
  • “Insiders Buy / Sell”: the total value of the shares bought (if the box is green) or sold (if the box is red) by the Insiders in the last quarter
  • “Target Price”: the potential Upside (if the box is green) or Downside (if the box is red and with a negative sign) of the stock price in the following 12 months according to analysts
  • “Beta”: coefficent that measures the volatility of a stock’s returns relative to the market (S&P 500 index) in the last 60 months. The stock will be more risky than the market based on how much the beta is above 1

The information contained within the “cards” is for informational purposes only. Volatility during this event is high and the risks are high. Trade responsibly.


Top 10


Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST)

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Australia, Spain, France, Iceland, China, and Taiwan. It offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. 

 COST releases the quarterly report on 03/05/20 .
Analysts in this quarter expect 3,00% EPS growth and 7,98% Revenue growth .
In the last quarter Hedge Funds have increased their positions by 111k shares, while the Insiders sold shares for $3.52M .
Analysts believe  COST is undervalued by 12,33% at current prices.


Target Corporation (TGT)

Target Corporation operates as a general merchandise retailer in the United States. The company offers beauty and household essentials; food assortments, including perishables, dry grocery, dairy, and frozen items; and apparel, accessories, home d├ęcor products, electronics, toys, seasonal offerings, and other merchandise.

 TGT releases the quarterly report on 03/03/20 .
Analysts in this quarter expect 8,50% EPS growth and 2,20% Revenue growth .
In the last quarter Hedge Funds have decreased their positions by 374.1k shares.
Analysts believe  TGT is undervalued by 36,20% at current prices.


Ross Stores, Inc. (ROST)

Ross Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd’s DISCOUNTS brands.

 ROST releases the quarterly report on 03/03/20 .
Analysts in this quarter expect 4,20% EPS growth and 6,20% Revenue growth .
In the last quarter Hedge Funds have decreased their positions by 81.3k shares.
Analysts believe  ROST is undervalued by 17,48% at current prices.


Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (ZM)

Zoom Video Communications, Inc. provides a video-first communications platform that delivers changes how people interact primarily in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It connects people through frictionless video, voice, chat, and content sharing.

 ZM releases the quarterly report on 03/04/20 .
Analysts in this quarter expect 133,33% EPS growth and 66,04% Revenue growth .
In the last quarter Hedge Funds have decreased their positions by 1.2M shares.
Analysts believe  ZM is overvalued by -15,33% at current prices.


AutoZone, Inc. (AZO)

AutoZone, Inc. retails and distributes automotive replacement parts and accessories. The company offers various products for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans, and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products.

 AZO releases the quarterly report on 03/03/20 .
Analysts in this quarter expect 2,40% EPS growth and 4,86% Revenue growth .
In the last quarter Hedge Funds have decreased their positions by 3.1k shares, while the Insiders sold shares for $51.73M .
Analysts believe  AZO is undervalued by 26,02% at current prices.


Splunk Inc. (SPLK)

Splunk Inc. provides software solutions that enable organizations to gain real-time operational intelligence in the United States and internationally. Its products enable users to investigate, monitor, analyze, and act on data regardless of format or source. 

 SPLK releases the quarterly report on 03/04/20 .
Analysts in this quarter expect 3,20% EPS growth and 25,90% Revenue growth .
In the last quarter Hedge Funds have decreased their positions by 166.2k shares, while the Insiders sold shares for $6.61M .
Analysts believe  SPLK is undervalued by 22,22% at current prices.


Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company provides solutions that allow customers to capture, analyze, and act upon data from edge to cloud. The company offers industry standard servers for multi-workload computing; mission-critical servers; storage solutions; and solutions for secondary workloads and traditional tape, storage networking, and disk products, such as HPE MSA and HPE XP. 

 HPE releases the quarterly report on 03/03/20 .
Analysts in this quarter expect 4,80% EPS growth and -4,14% Revenue decrease .
In the last quarter Hedge Funds have decreased their positions by 20M shares.
Analysts believe  HPE is undervalued by 34,59% at current prices.


Ciena Corporation (CIEN)

Ciena Corporation provides network hardware, software, and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation, service delivery, and management of video, data, and voice traffic on communications networks worldwide.

 CIEN releases the quarterly report on 03/05/20 .
Analysts in this quarter expect 15,20% EPS growth and 5,13% Revenue growth .
In the last quarter Hedge Funds have decreased their positions by 309.1k shares.
Analysts believe  CIEN is undervalued by 31,17% at current prices.


NIO Limited (NIO)

NIO Limited designs, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The company offers five, six, and seven-seater electric SUVs. It is also involved in the provision of energy and service packages to its users; marketing, design, and technology development activities; manufacture of e-powertrains, battery packs, and components; and sales and after sales management activities.

 NIO releases the quarterly report on 03/03/20 .
Analysts in this quarter expect 70,80% EPS growth and 460,00% Revenue growth .
In the last quarter Hedge Funds have decreased their positions by 1.3M shares.
Analysts believe  NIO is undervalued by 66,59% at current prices.


Tilray, Inc. (TLRY)

Tilray, Inc. engages in the research, cultivation, processing, and distribution of medical cannabis. The company offers its products to patients, physicians, pharmacies, governments, and hospitals; and for researchers for commercial purposes, and compassionate access and clinical research applications. It operates in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and South Africa.

 TLRY releases the quarterly report on 03/02/20 .
Analysts in this quarter expect -12,90% EPS decrease and 256,60% Revenue growth .
In the last quarter Hedge Funds have decreased their positions by 6.7k shares.
Analysts believe  TLRY is undervalued by 9,38% at current prices.


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This analysis provides you useful information on the best companies that will release the earnings reports soon.

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Sources & additional info

*Information on target prices, Insiders and Hedge Funds by tipranks.com
*Information on EPS and Revenues estimated by finance.yahoo.com
*The other earnings reports “card” information from barchart.com
*Charts by Tradingview.com


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