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Why the Earnings Streak Will Continue for GrubHub (GRUB)


Looking for a stock that might be in a good position to beat earnings at its next report? Consider GrubHub Inc. GRUB, a firm in the Internet – Delivery Services 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, GRUB has beaten estimates by at least 15% in both cases, suggesting it has a nice short-term history of crushing expectations.

Earnings in Focus

Two quarters ago, GRUB expected to post earnings of 24 cents per share, while it actually produced earnings of 28 cents per share, a beat of 16.7%. Meanwhile, for the most recent quarter, the company looked to deliver earnings of 31 cents per share, when it actually saw earnings of 37 cents per share instead, representing a 19.4% positive surprise.

GrubHub Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

GrubHub Inc. Price and EPS Surprise | GrubHub Inc. Quote

Thanks in part to this history, recent estimates have been moving higher for GrubHub. In fact, the Earnings ESP for GRUB 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 GRUB, as the firm currently has a Zacks Earnings ESP of +2.78%, so another beat could be around the corner.

This is particularly true when you consider that GRUB has a great Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) which can be a harbinger of outperformance and a signal for a strong earnings profile. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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 GRUB could see another beat at its next report, especially if recent trends are any guide.

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