Stocks To Watch Ahead Of Earnings: United Community Banks


With its next quarterly earnings report due around Oct. 19, United Community Banks is trading about 10% below a 36.77 entry. The chart pattern is a second-stage consolidation.

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While revenue growth fell last quarter from 15% to 11%, earnings-per-share grew 147%, up from 102% in the prior report.

Analysts expect earnings-per-share growth of 20% for the quarter, and 45% growth for the full year.

The company has a 94 Composite Rating and holds the No. 6 rank among its peers in the Banks-Southeast industry group. Select Bancorp, Live Oak Bancshares and Atlantic Capital Bancshr are among the top 5 highly rated stocks within the group.

Note: Dates for earnings reports are subject to change. Check the company's website for any updates.

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