Can Edison International (EIX) Keep the Earnings Streak Alive This Quarter?

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Looking for a stock that might be in a good position to beat earnings at its next report? Consider Edison International (EIX) a firm in the Electric Power Utilities industry, which could be a great candidate for another beat.

This company has seen a nice streak of beating earnings estimates, especially when looking at the previous two reports. In fact, in these reports, EIX has beaten estimates by at least 20% in both cases, suggesting it has a nice short-term history of crushing expectations.

Earnings in Focus

Two quarters ago, EIX expected to earn $1.21 cents per share, while it actually reported earnings of $1.46 per share, a beat of 20.7%. Meanwhile, for the most recent quarter, the company looked to deliver earnings of 65 cents a share, when it actually saw earnings of 79 cents per share instead, representing a 21.5% positive surprise.

Thanks in part to this history, recent estimates have been moving higher for Edison International. In fact, the Earnings ESP for EIX is positive, which is a great sign of a coming beat.

After all, the Zacks Earnings ESP compares the most accurate estimate to the broad consensus, looking to find stocks that have seen big revisions as of late, suggesting that analysts have recently become more bullish on the company’s earnings prospects. This is the case for EIX, as the firm currently has a Zacks Earnings ESP of 2.63%, so another beat could be around the corner.

This is particularly true when you consider that EIX has a great Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) which can be a harbinger of outperformance and a signal for a strong earnings profile. And when you add this solid Zacks Rank to a positive Earnings ESP, a positive earnings surprise happens nearly 70% of the time, so it seems pretty likely that EIX could see another beat at its next report, especially if recent trends are any guide.

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