Setting the Bar High

In earnings season, one of the key metrics traders await is whether a company missed, met, or beat analysts' views. Of course, the actual earnings number often turns out to be less important than the outlook, in terms of how the stock is traded after the report. Even so, one of my screens is set for stocks of companies expected to see earnings growth of 25% in the coming report, and in the next fiscal year.

That's a high bar, but there are companies out there with such forecasts. Among the higher-profile growth names reporting soon are Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) and Questcor Pharmaceutical (QCOR). Both are set to report April 24 -- Alexion before the open, and Questcor after the close. Alexion is seen earning $0.39 a share, up 30% from a year earlier. Questcor is expected to bring in $0.52 per share in the quarter, which would be a gain of 160% from the year-earlier quarter....355 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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