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Your Guide for Q1 Earnings Season

April 3, 2014

Earnings season is upon us and you can bet that it is going to spur some big swings in the market. To prepare for this, let's preview some of the biggest earnings announcements coming at us over the next few trading days. I'll provide what the analyst community's expectations are for each stock plus my take on whether the upcoming earnings announcement is a buying opportunity.

The Good

Ticker Company Earnings Date Forecast Sales Growth Forecast Earnings Growth My Take
ETFC E*TRADE Financial Corp. 4/16 8.2% 83.3% Strong Buy
HBI Hanesbrands Inc. 4/22 13.9% 13.7% Strong Buy
HON Honeywell International Inc. 4/17 4.4% 4.1% Buy
KMB Kimberly-Clark Corp. 4/21 -0.1% -0.7% Buy
MS Morgan Stanley  4/17 1.6% 0.0% Buy
OSTK Overstock.com Inc. 4/14 10.6% -21.9% Strong Buy
PPG PPG Industries Inc. 4/17 14.0% 27.2% Buy
SNDK SanDisk Corp. 4/23 11.4% 48.8% Buy
STI SunTrust Banks Inc. 4/21 -4.7% 4.8% Buy
UA Under Armour Inc. 4/17 26.8% 28.6% Strong Buy
UNH UnitedHealth Group Inc. 4/17 6.5% -6.0% Strong Buy
URI United Rentals Inc. 4/15 7.0% 25.9% Buy
YHOO Yahoo! Inc. 4/15 0.3% -2.6% Buy

The Not-As-Good

Ticker Company Earnings Date Forecast Sales Growth Forecast Earnings Growth My Take
BBBY Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. 4/9 -5.3% -4.8% Hold
INTC Intel Corp. 4/15 1.9% -7.5% Hold
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co. 4/11 -5.0% -11.3% Hold
MCD McDonald's Corp. 4/22 2.0% -1.6% Hold
MSFT Microsoft Inc. 4/24 -0.5% -12.5% Hold
PEP PepsiCo Inc. 4/17 -1.2% -2.6% Hold
PJC Piper Jaffray Companies 4/16 16.0% 8.3% Hold
SON Sonoco Products Inc. 4/17 1.9% 4.0% Hold

The Ugly

Ticker Company Earnings Date Forecast Sales Growth Forecast Earnings Growth My Take
ABT Abbott Laboratories 4/16 -1.6% -14.3% Sell
CSX CSX Corp.  4/15 1.2% -11.1% Sell
FDO Family Dollar Stores Inc. 4/10 -4.1% -24.8% Sell
GE General Electric Co. 4/17 -1.6% -17.9% Sell
MAT Mattel Inc. 4/17 -5.0% -27.3% Sell
PIR Pier 1 Imports Inc. 4/10 -6.4% -31.7% Sell
RT Ruby Tuesday Inc. 4/9 -7.4% -170.0% Strong Sell

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

Louis Navellier

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