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7 S&P 500 Stocks Poised For Explosive Growth

Strong earnings and growth propel these stocks ahead for investors

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If you want a reason to be optimistic about the S&P 500 look no further than fourth-quarter earnings.

After falling for five consecutive quarters, S&P 500 earnings growth is back in the green.

It started last quarter. Third-quarter earnings grew 2.1% from the same period last year, a marginal victory on the chart but a big win for morale, breaking a five-quarter losing streak.

Fourth-quarter earnings show an improvement from there. As of February 10, 71% of S&P 500 companies had reported fourth-quarter results, according to FactSet Research.

From that group, earnings were up 5.0% from last year. This marks a strong reversal out of the earnings recession that began in 2015.

Looking forward, earnings are expected to accelerate throughout 2017.

Take a look at the earnings growth projections below.

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This return to earnings growth is a powerful macro force that I expect to be supportive of the S&P 500 this year. History also tells me that companies delivering the best earnings surprises will do even better and benefit from one of Wall Street’s best-kept secrets.

The Post Earnings Announcement Drift (PEAD) is the tendency for a stock’s cumulative abnormal returns to drift in the direction of an earnings surprise for several weeks (or several months) following an earnings announcement.

Take a look at the chart of return distributions below.

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This study demonstrates that companies beating earnings tend to outperform the S&P 500 in the weeks and months following a positive earnings surprise.

Today, I want to help you profit from this data. I have compiled a list of seven of the S&P’s best stocks now surging on earnings surprises from the fourth quarter. These companies are well-known global leaders. I am expecting the S&P 500 to have a strong up year in 2017. But I am expecting these companies to do even better. Take a look below.

7 Of The Best Fourth-Quarter Positive Earnings Surprises
Company Ticker Positive Surprise (%)
Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM 25.00
JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM 20.42
Facebook Inc FB 11.71
Priceline Group Inc PCLN 8.94
Boeing Co  BA 5.56
Microsoft Corporation MSFT 5.06
Apple Inc.  AAPL 4.35

From the group I have chosen to highlight JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) because they just delivered two of the best earnings surprises and are both on pace for big earnings growth in 2017.

Let’s take a closer look.

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