CHICAGO, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks.com releases the list of companies likely to issue earnings surprises. This week's list includes DuPont (NYSE: DD), PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG), Tempur-Pedic (NYSE: TPX), Cree Inc (Nasdaq: CREE) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS).
Historically the best indicators of firms likely to report positive surprises are a recent history of positive surprises and rising estimates going into the report. The Zacks Rank is also a good indicator of potential surprises. Similarly a recent history of earnings disappointments, cuts in the average estimate for the quarter in the month before the report is due and a poor Zacks rank (#4 or #5) are often red flags pointing to a potential disappointing earnings report. In the Earnings calendar below, $999.00 should be read as N.A.
Potential Positive Surprises
DuPont (NYSE: DD) is expected to report EPS of $1.37, up from $1.24 a year ago. Last time out, DD posted a 56.25% positive surprise. Over the last month, analysts have raised their expectations for this quarter by 0.26%. DD is a Zacks #2 Ranked stock.
PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) is expected to report EPS of $1.34, up from $0.70 a year ago. Last time out, PPG posted a 10.62% positive surprise. Over the last month, analysts have raised their expectations for this quarter by 19.42%. PPG is a Zacks #1 Ranked stock.
Tempur-Pedic (NYSE: TPX) is expected to report EPS of $0.68, up from $0.44 a year ago. Last time out, TPX posted a 15.79% positive surprise. Over the last month, analysts have raised their expectations for this quarter by 17.87%. TPX is a Zacks #1 Ranked stock.
Potential Negative Surprises
Cree Inc (Nasdaq: CREE) is expected to report EPS of $0.24, down from $0.43 a year ago. Last time out, CREE posted a 7.84% disappointment. Over the last month, analysts have slashed their expectations for this quarter by 31.25%. CREE is a Zacks #5 Ranked stock.
Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is expected to report EPS of $0.38, down from $0.77 a year ago. Last time out, MS posted a 22.86% positive surprise. Over the last month, analysts have cut their expectations for this quarter by 46.12%. MS is a Zacks #5 Ranked stock
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