Keep an Eye on These 6 Stocks Reporting Earnings This Week

James Dennin, Kapitall: We decided to take a look at some of most-watched stocks that are reporting earnings this week. 

January is prime time for stocks reporting earnings. But the first month of 2014 has so far been a reminder that picking stocks is supposed to be challenging. While there are still some analysts who see opportunities for growth in the new year, many seem to agree that with valuations as high as they are, the proof will be in the pudding.

Which means that earnings are more important now than ever – not just as an indicator about how your particular investments are doing, but as an overall bellwether for the economy as a whole.

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So with that in mind, we decided to build a list of stocks reporting earnings this week. We wanted to see if company earnings are aligning with the market's expectations, so we decided to look at companies that Wall Street often assumes will do well. 

We screened that list for companies with the highest projected earnings per share growth for next year, of at least 25%. The list includes some growth plays you'd expect like Facebook (FB) and Amazon (AMZN) as well a more surprising stock -  American Airlines (AAL) – which is probably on the list due to its recent merger with US Airways. 

Any surprises that come out as these companies report, for good or bad, may have a large effect on their share price. 

Click on the interactive chart below to view data over time. 

Do you see investment opportunities among these stocks reporting earnings this week? Use the list below to begin your own analysis. 

1. American Airlines Group, Inc. ( AAL): Operates in the airline industry. Market cap at $10.01B, most recent closing price at $30.40.

Earnings: January 28

Projected EPS Growth: 34.28%

 

2. Amazon.com Inc. ( AMZN): Operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. Market cap at $177.72B, most recent closing price at $387.60.

Earnings: January 30

Projected EPS Growth: 263.92%

 

3. CR Bard Inc. ( BCR): Engages in the design, manufacture, packaging, distribution, and sale of medical, surgical, diagnostic, and patient care devices. Market cap at $10.19B, most recent closing price at $133.09.

Earnings: January 30

Projected EPS Growth: 30.58%

 

4. Biogen Idec Inc. ( BIIB): Develops, manufactures, and markets therapeutics in the areas of neurology, immunology, hemophilia, and oncology. Market cap at $71.13B, most recent closing price at $303.60.

Earnings: January 29

Projected EPS Growth: 30.61%

 

5. Facebook, Inc. ( FB): Operates as an integrated social networking company worldwide. Market cap at $130.97B, most recent closing price at $54.45.

Earnings: January 29th

Projected EPS Growth: 35.45%

 

6. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. ( RCL): Operates in the cruise vacation industry worldwide. Market cap at $10.59B, most recent closing price at $47.13.

Earnings: January 27

Projected EPS Growth: 34.24%

 

( List compiled by James Dennin, Kapitall writer. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research. EPS Growth souced from Finviz. All other data sourced from Yahoo! Finance.)

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