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It’s been a wild earnings season.

Every time I’ve pulled up Bloomberg recently, another company is posting a big earnings beat — and the stock price is soaring higher in response.

It can stir up feelings of FOMO (fear of missing out).

But I won’t dwell on big stock price moves that weren’t in my portfolio. (META’s 20% single-day move, in particular, stings for me.)

Instead, I want to show you how we can use Green Zone Power Ratings in a couple of different ways as it relates to earnings.

But first, let’s see how our system and quarterly calls interact…

Green Zone Power Ratings and Earnings

When Adam O’Dell designed Green Zone Power Ratings, he didn’t base the entire model around quarterly earnings reports.

It is a complex system that considers dozens of variables and boils those down to six simple factors and an overall rating that is easy to digest.

This is also a long buy-and-hold indicator. We’re looking at projections for a stock for the next 12 months. While an earnings report may spark a short-term move, Green Zone Power Ratings tells you if that bullish (or bearish) price action should continue from here.

But we can still use the system to our advantage because we can do two things:

  1. See if a recent price rally is sustainable for a specific stock.
  2. See how a stock rates before it reports — to either avoid a potential crash or get in before the next earnings beat.

Let’s start with a company that just reported earlier this week…

NCLH Posts 17% Gain — What’s Next

Earlier this week, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH) reported its first profitable year since 2019.

That makes sense. Remember, COVID-19 obliterated the cruise line industry. I can recall chowing down on nachos at our company retreat in February 2020 and talking to my team about cruise stocks. They were sinking fast (pun intended) as reports of the pandemic’s spread came out.

Three weeks later, we were all working from home, and NCLH had lost 85% of its value from its January 2020 peak.

And while NCLH’s bullish earnings report triggered an 18% gain between Monday’s close and Wednesday’s high, Green Zone Power Ratings isn’t high on this stock:

NCLH cruise stock rating

NCLH’s Green Zone Power Ratings in March 2024.

Norwegian Cruise Line stock rates a “High-Risk” 8 out of 100 in our system. Stocks in this category are set to significantly underperform the broader S&P 500 over the next 12 months.

That rating could improve as investors look for bullish opportunities in downtrodden sectors, but there are some big red flags here.

The stock rates a 23 on Value. Even after a massive crash, the stock still trades at an 81 price-to-earnings ratio.

NCLH is also still massive, with a market cap north of $8 billion. That’s why it rates a 10 on Size.

Its Volatility rating also puts it in the top 10% of most volatile stocks that our system rates.

While the pop after earnings this week was a good sign, I’d instead stick to stocks that are much more stable.

Let’s explore using Green Zone Power Ratings as an earnings preview now.

Discount Retailer Looks Strong

I always love a good deal.

And going off the Green Zone Power Ratings for Ross Store’s Inc. (NYSE: ROST), I’m not alone:

03_01_24 ROST stock rating

ROST’s Green Zone Power Ratings in March 2024.

I’ll repeat this until I’m blue in the face: This is why I love Green Zone Power Ratings!

ROST was nowhere on my radar. We can be so focused on innovation and glitzy tech stocks that “Bullish” (and boring) stocks like Ross fly by unnoticed.

With a 67 out of 100 rating, ROST is set to 2X the broader market over the next year.

It has steadily gained 34% over the last year, which is why it rates a 91 on Momentum and a 76 on Volatility.

A 91 rating on Quality is also fantastic! That tells me the company has a strong balance sheet and that it’s not burning through cash to keep the business afloat.

ROST reports earnings on Tuesday, March 5. And while we can’t predict what executives will report (Wall Street analysts expect earnings per share of $1.65 on average), Green Zone Power Ratings points to this stock outperforming over the long run anyways.

Bottom line: Our system isn’t built to predict big post-earnings swings, but you can still use it to your advantage during wild earnings seasons like this one.

Just go to www.MoneyandMarkets.com and type a ticker into the search bar.

Within moments, you’ll have a better understanding of that stock’s prospects from here…

Until next time,

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Chad Stone

Managing Editor, Money & Markets