Why Investors Need to Take Advantage of These 2 Finance Stocks Now

Wall Street watches a company's quarterly report closely to understand as much as possible about its recent performance and what to expect going forward. Of course, one figure often stands out among the rest: earnings.

Life and the stock market are both about expectations, and rising above what is expected is often rewarded, while falling short can come with negative consequences. Investors might want to try to capture stronger returns by finding positive earnings surprises.

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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.


The final step today is to look at a stock that meets our ESP qualifications. LendingClub (LC) earns a Zacks Rank #2 five days from its next quarterly earnings release on January 25, 2023, and its Most Accurate Estimate comes in at $0.22 a share.

LendingClub's Earnings ESP sits at 5.74%, which, as explained above, is calculated by taking the percentage difference between the $0.22 Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.20.

LC is one of just a large database of Finance stocks with positive ESPs. Another solid-looking stock is Chubb (CB).

Chubb is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock, and is getting ready to report earnings on January 31, 2023. CB's Most Accurate Estimate sits at $4.33 a share 11 days from its next earnings release.

Chubb's Earnings ESP figure currently stands at 2.72% after taking the percentage difference between its Most Accurate Estimate and its Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.22.

LC and CB's positive ESP figures tell us that both stocks have a good chance at beating analyst expectations in their next earnings report.

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