Earnings Predictions
for the
Week Beginning December 18, 2017

-- Here We Go Again – More Reports Ahead! --

by Ian Harvey

December 18, 2017

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Here We Go Again

Last Week’s Successful Recommended Options Trades Results for:

“CUT-TO-THE-CHASE” & “ALL INCLUSIVE” MEMBERS

DATE TRADE GAIN
December 12, 2017 JBL JAN 19 2018 28.000 PUT P.P: 133%
December 12, 2017 PIR DEC 15 2017 5.000 CALL P.P: 122%


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A Look Back At Earnings Predictions for Week Beginning December 11, 2017       

Earnings Results for the Week Beginning November 20, 2017

DATE TRADE GAIN
December 11, 2017 CASY JAN 19 2018 120.000 PUT P.P: 436%
December 12, 2017 MDB DEC 15 2017 25.000 CALL P.P: 550%
December 13, 2017 NDSN JAN 19 2018 135.000 CALL P.P: 570%

NOTE: P.P: – Potential Profit

Options Trades to Consider Based on Expected Earnings Reports:

Tuesday, December 19

FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS) – a provider of global online integrated data-related products and services for the investment community (primarily bankers, investment managers and brokerage firms) will report before the markets open.

The consensus earnings estimate is $1.98 per share on revenue of $330.96 million and the Earnings Whisper number is $1.99 per share. The company's guidance was for earnings of $1.93 to $1.99 per share on revenue of $327.00 million to $333.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 13.14% with revenue increasing by 14.89%.

The company's acquisitions of Portware, Revere Data, Matrix Data, Code Red and BISAM Technologies S.A are anticipated to enhance its product suite and aid it to evolve as a global financial database company.

Short interest has decreased by 9.8% since the company's last earnings release. And overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release.

Option trade to consider: Buy the FDS JAN 19 2018 210.000 CALL at approximately $4.00.  

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) -- a full service restaurant company, will report before the market opens. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.70 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion and the Earnings Whisper number is $0.71 per share. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 9.37% with revenue increasing by 12.63%.

A glimpse of the company's price trend reveals that the stock has had an impressive run on the bourse year to date. Darden Restaurants has returned 19.5%, which compares favorably with the industry’s gain of 14.8%.

Despite recent hurricanes hitting the U.S. restaurant space, Darden has somewhat managed to record substantial revenue growth across its brands in the first quarter. Overall sales for company are expected to rise in the to-be-reported quarter on the back of several initiatives.

Short interest has decreased by 19.4% since the company's last earnings release.

Option trade to consider: Buy the DRI JAN 19 2018 90.000 CALL at approximately $1.60.  

FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) -- a leading player in the field of global express delivery services will report earnings after the market closes. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.87 per share on revenue of $15.60 billion and the Earnings Whisper number is $2.90 per share. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 2.50% with revenue increasing by 4.48%.

Short interest has decreased by 23.6% since the company's last earnings release.

Improvements in the overall economy have helped drive FDX in recent years. Over the last five years, the company has grown earnings on average by 19.1%, and looking ahead analysts forecast earnings growth of 12.0% per annum for the next five years.

A strong economy, in particular a strong jobs market, leads to increased consumer spending, and with consumers doing more and more shopping online, FedEx has enjoyed nice demand for its services. The stock has trended steadily higher over the last six months.

The street expects a solid report.

Option trade to consider: Buy the FDX JAN 19 2018 240.000 CALL at approximately $6.40.  

Thursday, December 14

Accenture Plc. (NYSE:ACN) -- a professional services company serving clients in various industries and in geographic regions, including North America, Europe and Growth Markets, will report earnings before the market opens. The consensus earnings estimate is $1.67 per share on revenue of $9.24 billion and the Earnings Whisper number is $1.68 per share. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 5.70% with revenue increasing by 2.60%.

Accenture recently entered into a definitive agreement for the buyout of Rothco, an Irish creative agency based out of Dublin. This will mark the10th acquisition for Accenture this year and the 18th inorganic addition to its kitty in the last three years.

Short interest has decreased by 26.8% since the company's last earnings release. As well, overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release.

Accenture stock has gained 29.1% year to date, outperforming the 25.9% rally of the industry it belongs to.

Option trade to consider: Buy the ACN JAN 19 2018 155.000 CALL at approximately $2.85.

Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) – a leading business service provider, will report fiscal Q2 results after the market closes. Wall Street sees EPS rising 8.7% to $1.25 as revenue grows 22% to $1.59 billion. Shares are in buy range.

This is by no means a sexy industry, but it is one that has a lot of desirable traits for a business, such as recurring revenue, relatively high-margin services, and low capital requirements.

In terms of revenue and profits, the company has posted two quarters of increasing earnings growth. Sales growth has also moved higher during the same period.

Analysts expect earnings-per-share growth of 9% for the quarter, and 12% growth for the full year. Annual growth estimates were recently revised upward.

Option trade to consider: Buy the CTAS JAN 19 2018 165.000 CALL at approximately $1.60.

An Important Note: That these suggestions for options trade considerations require investors/traders to use their own discretion as to when to enter or exit! As well, it is advisable to do further research and due diligence before executing your trade.

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Best of Trading,
Ian Harvey
Director of Stock Options Made Easy


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