Which Top 4 Coffee Stocks are Buzzing with the Strongest Earnings Trends?

Earnings trends are extremely important when evaluating stocks. At Wall St. Cheat Sheet, we view increasing earnings quarter-over-quarter as a simple way to gauge whether costs and the business model are stable. Then we like to analyze whether the company is outperforming peers in the sector. This is what we call the “E-Squared” investment analysis (‘E = Earnings Are Increasing Quarter-Over-Quarter’ + ‘E = Excellent Relative Performance Versus Peers and Sector’).

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Here’s your Cheat Sheet to how the top 4 coffee stocks rank via earnings trends:

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN): Current Price $36.78

Fiscal Year 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 538.07 577.14 628.20 658.18
Diluted EPS ($) 0.55 0.42 0.35  0.96

Dunkin’ has grown sales well between 2009 and 2012. EPS was falling but rebounded, and how, in 2012.

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Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 168.50 152.37 172.39 171.72 161.70
Diluted EPS ($) 0.05 0.21 0.15 0.26  0.34

Quarterly EPS is also on a nice upswing over the last three quarters. So Dunkin’ stays in the race…