As the first-quarter earnings season gets underway, a group of stocks could be ready to pop, if history is any guide.
At present, analysts expect a third consecutive quarter of negative earnings growth
, down 9 percent on a year-over-year basis, that is expected to mark the trough of a down-sloping trend, according to research by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
While betting on stocks ahead of earnings is often a difficult trade, investors tend to look at historical data to make assessments about the future.
Here are some of the names that could benefit from a post-earnings surge.