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12 Stocks that Beat Earnings 80% of the Time

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As Wall Street braces for another earnings season, research firm Bespoke Investment Group has put together a list of companies that historically tend to beat earnings estimates.

Within the group, United Technology has the highest 'beat rate' at 96 percent, followed by Union Pacific, Johnson and Johnson and UnitedHealth with a rate of 91 percent.

Earnings per share and revenue estimates for the S&P 500 in Q4 of 2012 are expected to grow by 1.9 percent, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Compared to a year ago, analysts predict consumer discretionary and financial names will show the largest EPS growth, while utilities are projected to lead the way in revenue.

Here is a look at some of the large-cap stocks set to report in the next two weeks.

Ticker
Company
Price
EPS Beat Rate
Rev. Beat Rate
Report Date
AM/PM
GS Goldman Sachs 137.37 89% 72% Jan. 16 AM
JPM JPMorgan Chase 46.15 82% 60% Jan. 16 AM
EBAY eBay 53 86% 93% Jan. 16 PM
UNH UnitedHealth 53.11 91% 67% Jan. 17 AM
DD DuPont 46.2 82% 62% Jan. 22 AM
JNJ Johnson and Johnson 72.19 91% 67% Jan. 22 AM
UTX United Technologies 84.97 96% 76% Jan. 23 AM
AAPL Apple 523.51 84% 78% Jan. 23 PM
UNP Union Pacific 131.09 91% 68% Jan. 24 AM
COP ConocoPhillips 58.5 80% 50% Jan. 25 AM
PG Procter & Gamble 69.27 82% 53% Jan. 25 AM
OXY Occidental Petroleum 83.01 80% 73% Jan. 25 AM
Bespoke Investment Group

Symbol
Price
 
Change
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UTX
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UNP
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JNJ
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UNH
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S&P 500
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