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These stocks are ready to pop on earnings

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As investors brace for reports showing what could be the first quarter of negative earnings growth since 2009, CNBC Pro found some of the names poised to buck that trend.

In the past few months, more than one-fifth of companies in the S&P 500 issued negative pre-announcements for the first quarter, blaming currency headwinds and the drop in energy prices.

But while the cloudy outlook of the upcoming earnings season lingers, analysts on Wall Street have progressively gotten more bullish on some stocks they believe could deliver better-than-consensus results.

CNBC Pro teamed up with Thomson Reuters to identify the companies with the biggest positive earnings revisions during the quarter. The idea is to capture the stocks with the highest bullish momentum heading into their report date.