The technology sector has been extremely resilient to the impact of COVID-19-induced disruptions. This is expected to drive first-quarter 2021 results for players in the sector.
Moreover, tech stocks have benefited from the ongoing coronavirus-led digitalization. Rapid adoption of cloud computing and the integration of AI and machine learning have been key catalysts.
Further, continuing work-from-home and online learning wave kept demand for remote-working tech, including advanced technology-based virtual meetings and conference tools, cloud services and cybersecurity solutions, high in the to-be-reported quarter.
Additionally, the work-and-learn-from-home necessity has propelled demand for PCs, notebooks, peripheral accessories and cloud storage. All of these, in turn, are fueling growth for high-speed Internet services.
In fact, per Gartner’s latest report, global PC shipments recorded the fastest year-over-year growth in first-quarter 2021 in more than two decades. Per Gartner, a total 69.9 million PCs were shipped during the quarter, up 32% from the year-ago period.
Additionally, short supply of chips has opened up opportunities for semiconductor companies.
Also, contactless payment and delivery have gained significant traction during the outbreak. Further, an e-commerce boom prompted by changing consumer behavior is expected to have benefited top-line growth.
How to Make the Right Pick?
With the presence of several industry players, finding the technology stocks having the potential to beat earnings estimates can be daunting. Our proprietary methodology, however, makes it fairly simple.
You could narrow down the list of choices by looking at stocks that have the combination of a favorable Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) and a positive Earnings ESP. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
Earnings ESP is our proprietary methodology for determining stocks, which have the best chances to surprise with their next earnings announcement. It is the percentage difference between the Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Our research shows that for stocks with this apt combination of ingredients, the odds of a positive earnings surprise are as high as 70%.
Given below are five technology stocks that have the right combination of elements to beat on earnings this reporting cycle:
Brooklyn, NY-based Etsy (ETSY – Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +1.19% and a Zacks Rank of 1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
The company is scheduled to report first-quarter 2021 results on May 5. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its earnings has moved up by a couple of cents to 84 cents per share over the past 30 days.
The company has a Zacks Rank #2 and has an Earnings ESP of +0.89%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings climbed by a penny to 56 cents per share over the past month.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings has been unchanged at $1.87 per share over the past 30 days.
The company is set to report first-quarter 2021 results on Apr 27. The consensus mark for earnings has risen 0.9% to $2.29 per share over the past 30 days.
The consensus estimate for earnings has surged 38.1% to 29 cents per share over the past 30 days.
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