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 healthcare tech stocks rank via earnings trends:
Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE:MDT): Current Price $45.27
|Revenue ($) in millions||13,520||14,600||15,390||15,510||16,180|
|Diluted EPS ($)||1.87||1.84||2.79||2.86||3.41|
We’re impressed with the steady growth in revenue and EPS every year at Medtronic.
Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:
|Quarter||Jan. 31, 2012||Apr. 30, 2012||Jul. 31, 2012||Oct. 31, 2012||Jan. 31, 2013|
|Revenue ($) in millions||3,918||4,297||4,008||4,095||4,027|
|Diluted EPS ($)||0.88||0.94||0.83||0.63||0.97|
Quarterly revenue is flattening out, but the EPS in the latest quarter has improved sharply. Medtronic remains in our focus…