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 5 super market stocks rank via earnings trends:
Ingles Markets Inc. (NASDAQ:IMKTA): Current Price $19.60
|Revenue ($) in millions||3,238||3,251||3,390||3,560||3,709|
|Diluted EPS ($)||2.13||1.14||1.26||1.60||1.79|
Revenue and EPS have shown decent growth at Ingles Markets between 2009 and 2012.
Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:
|Quarter||Dec. 31, 2011||Mar. 31, 2012||Jun. 30, 2012||Sep. 30, 2012||Dec. 31, 2012|
|Revenue ($) in millions||918.24||881.67||917.76||991.77||932.79|
|Diluted EPS ($)||0.43||0.27||0.54||0.55||0.48|
Quarterly sales have remained mostly flat though EPS showed an improving trend between March 2012 and September 2012. Unfortunately it dipped in the latest quarter…