Earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices. Couple that with the proven benefits of upgrades in ratings from brokerage firms and you have a strategy that delivered a +23.3 return in 2006. Four stocks meeting this screen’s exclusive criteria are Corn Products International, Inc. (NYSE: CPO), Cymer, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI), Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE: FIX) and Pericom Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: PSEM). View the entire list of stocks for the Upgrades and Revisions Profit Track at http://at.zacks.com/?id=1844.
Here are details on four companies currently identified by the Upgrades and Revisions Profit Track:
Corn Products International, Inc. (NYSE: CPO) has been hitting 52-week highs recently and currently trades slightly below that level. The company is scheduled to report third-quarter results on October 30, 2007. In mid-September, Corn Products declared a dividend of 11 cents per share, a 22% increase over the prior dividend. The dividend is payable on October 25, 2007, to stockholders of record at the close of business on October 4, 2007. CPO generated earnings per share growth of 18% over the past five years.
Cymer, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI) announced second-quarter earnings of 67 cents per share in late July, outpacing last year’s 55 cents and exceeding the consensus estimate by 31%. The company mentioned that second-quarter bookings totaled $131.5 million, an increase of 14% over first-quarter bookings. Results for the third quarter are scheduled for release on October 23, 2007. Cymer produced earnings per share growth of 64% over the past five years.
Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE: FIX) released results for the second quarter in early August. Earnings per share of 25 cents outperformed the year-ago 19 cents and beat the consensus estimate by 14%. The company also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.035 per share in early August, which was paid on September 20, 2007. Comfort Systems experienced earnings per share growth of 48% over the past five years.
Pericom Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: PSEM) released fiscal fourth-quarter results in early August. GAAP earnings per share of eight cents was equal to the year-prior total but ahead of the consensus estimate 14%. Net revenues of $31.5 million increased by 7.6% on a year-over-year basis. PSEM fulfills the requirements for this Profit Track with impressive earnings per share growth of 168% over the past five years.
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