For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – March 15, 2010 – releases the list of companies likely to issue earnings surprises. This week’s list includes DSW Inc (DSW), Perry Ellis (PERY), Cintas (CTAS) and Palm (PALM). To see more earnings analysis, visit

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Historically, the best indicators of firms likely to report positive surprises are a recent history of positive surprises and rising estimates going into the report. The Zacks Rank is also a good indicator of potential surprises. While normally firms that report better-than-expected earnings rise in reaction, that has not been the case so far this quarter. While pickings are getting slim, some of the companies that have these characteristics include:

DSW Inc (DSW) is expected to report EPS of 0.31, up from a low of $0.14 per share a year ago (putting its “best foot” forward?). Last time out, DSW posted a positive surprise of 30.4%, and over the last month the mean estimate for its fourth quarter earnings is up 2.2%. DSW has a Zacks #1 Rank.

Perry Ellis (PERY) is expected to report EPS of $0.59, up from a loss of $0.34 a year ago. In the 3Q, PERY posted a positive surprise of 29.2% and over the last month, the consensus estimate for its 4Q earnings is up 4.0%. PERY is a Zacks #1 Ranked stock.

Cintas (CTAS) is expected to post EPS of $0.30 a share, versus $0.47 a year ago. Last time they reported 7.1% below expectations. For this Zacks #4 Ranked stock, analysts have cut the estimates for this quarter slightly over the last month by 21.9%.

Palm (PALM) is expected to lose $0.41 a share this quarter, down from the $0.88 they lost a year ago. They reported in line with expectations last time out, but analysts have cut the estimate for this quarter by 70.4% over the last month. The stock holds a Zacks #4 Rank.

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