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Looking for Stocks with Positive Earnings Momentum? Check Out These 2 Transportation Names

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Earnings are arguably the most important single number on a company's quarterly financial report. Wall Street clearly dives into all of the other metrics and management's input, but the EPS figure helps cut through all the noise.

We know earnings results are vital, but how a company performs compared to bottom line expectations can be even more important when it comes to stock prices, especially in the near-term. This means that investors might want to take advantage of these earnings surprises.

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The Zacks Expected Surprise Prediction, or ESP, works by locking in on the most up-to-date analyst earnings revisions because they can be more accurate than estimates from weeks or even months before the actual release date. The thinking is pretty straightforward: analysts who provide earnings estimates closer to the report are likely to have more information. With this in mind, the Expected Surprise Prediction compares the Most Accurate Estimate (being the most recent) against the overall Zacks Consensus Estimate. The percentage difference provides the ESP figure.

The last thing we will do today, now that we have a grasp on the ESP and how powerful of a tool it can be, is to look at a qualifying stock. Golar LNG (GLNG) holds a Zacks Rank #1 at the moment and its Most Accurate Estimate comes in at $0.31 a share six days away from its upcoming earnings release on May 26, 2022.

By taking the percentage difference between the $0.31 Most Accurate Estimate and the $0.25 Zacks Consensus Estimate, Golar LNG has an Earnings ESP of 22.37%.

GLNG is part of a big group of Transportation stocks that boast a positive ESP, and investors may want to take a look at American Airlines (AAL) as well.

American Airlines is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock, and is getting ready to report earnings on July 28, 2022. AAL's Most Accurate Estimate sits at $0.55 a share 69 days from its next earnings release.

For American Airlines, the percentage difference between its Most Accurate Estimate and its Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.38 is 44.62%.

GLNG and AAL's positive ESP metrics may signal that a positive earnings surprise for both stocks is on the horizon.

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