The new trading week kicks off with Novellus
The semiconductor-equipment maker has been consistently growing its profitability since a string of quarterly deficits during the recessionary lull of late 2008 and early 2009. The pros see a profit of $0.76 a share, ahead of the $0.66 a share it rang up a year earlier.
Industrial-parts supplier Fastenal
Wall Street is banking on a profit of $0.53 a share out of the networking specialist, but recent history suggests that ADTRAN will fare better. Just check out how the tech company has performed relative to Mr. Market's estimates over the past year.
Source: Yahoo! Finance.
ADTRAN's been blasting through analyst targets -- by healthy double-digit margins -- for some time. There are no guarantees that the welcome trend will continue, but the safer bet is to side with the company until the pros catch up.
The eighth and final installment of the Harry Potter series hits a crowded multiplex near you on Friday.
Until next week, I remain,
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz recommends windshield wiper fluid when trying to look forward. He is part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early, and he owns no shares in any of the companies in this story. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.