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What are we looking for?

Large-cap U.S. securities that are expected to continue receiving positive analyst reviews.

The screen

For today's screen, we looked at mid- to large-cap U.S.-traded companies with market capitalizations between $10-billion (U.S.) to $25-billion. We then filtered for companies that have an Analyst Revision ranking above 90.

The StarMine Analyst Revisions Model (ARM) is a percentile ranking of stocks based on changes in analyst sentiment, with 100 representing the highest rank. The model is highly predictive of relative price movement and is effective for stocks across each capitalization category, investment style and market sector. ARM observes the key drivers on a stock by looking at individual revision components and overweights estimates of analysts who are more accurate.

StarMine determines the three most relevant estimate measures to include in the ARM. The first measure is always a measure of earnings (generally earnings per share for most stocks). The second is usually earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and the third is revenue.

We've also included price-to-cash-flow ratio and dividend yield (where applicable) for informational purposes.

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What did we find?

Our screen identified 17 U.S.-listed securities that met our criteria. Two securities in our screen each have an Analyst Revision ranking of 99 and a mean analyst recommendation of buy.

Rockwell Collins Inc. designs, produces and supports communications and aviation systems for commercial and military customers, providing information management services through voice and data connection systems throughout the world. The stock is up 15 per cent year-to-date and will report its next earnings on July 24.

Wynn Resorts is a developer, owner and operator of casino resorts in Macau and Las Vegas. The stock is up 54.5 per cent year-to-date and will report its earnings on July 27.

Investors should do their own research before investing in any stocks listed here.

Paul Hoyda, CFA, is a market specialist in the financial and risk division of Thomson Reuters and specializes in governance, risk and compliance.

Large-cap U.S. stocks with positive analyst reviews

CompanyTickerMean Rec.Market Cap. ($Bil U.S.)Analyst Revisions Model RankRevenue ($Bil U.S.)EPS ($)EBITDA ($Bil U.S.)P/CFDiv. Yield
Rockwell Collins Inc.COL-NBUY17.3995.306.051.2818.581.2%
Wynn Resorts Ltd.WYNN-QBUY13.6994.504.720.9317.741.5%
Energy Transfer Partners LPETP-NBUY23.6989.100.831.1520.509.8%
Best Buy Co.BBY-NHOLD18.39839.403.892.4216.042.3%
Microchip Technology Inc.MCHP-QBUY19.3973.404.930.8415.471.7%
Mettler-Toledo Int'l Inc.MTD-NHOLD15.4972.5017.190.6234.77n/a
Palo Alto Networks Inc.PANW-NBUY12.9961.302.58-0.1561.36n/a
Nucor Corp.NUE-NBUY18.89516.004.502.1318.602.6%
Align Technology Inc.ALGN-QBUY12.0951.003.240.2759.06n/a
Cheniere Energy Inc.LNG-ABUY11.7951.280.400.17-500.78n/a
Fastenal Co.FAST-QBUY12.9943.961.870.9025.512.9%
Arconic Inc.ARNC-NBUY12.19412.301.172.1111.290.9%
Franklin Resources Inc.BEN-NHOLD24.0936.612.892.4613.811.7%
Concho Resources Inc.CXO-NBUY18.1931.631.640.8713.37n/a
Norwegian Cruise Line HoldingsNCLH-QBUY11.5934.873.871.379.441.9%
Stanley Black & Decker Inc.SWK-NBUY21.29211.407.211.8521.291.7%
Northern Trust Corp.NTRS-QHOLD20.4925.114.801.8920.131.7%

Source: Thomson Reuters Eikon