More than 1,300 companies have reported earnings so far this reporting period, and the average stock has gained 0.06% on its earnings reaction day (the first trading day following its earnings release).  Below is a list of the stocks that have posted the biggest share price gains on their earnings reaction days this season.  As shown, LSB Industries (LXU) ranks first with a one-day gain of 30.75%.  And that was on an EPS miss!  Chegg (CHGG) ranks second with a gain of 28.71% followed by Select Comfort (SCSS) at +28.26%.  Bridgepoint Education (BPI) and EXACT Sciences (EXAS) round out the top five — each with gains of more than 26%.

Other notables on the list of big winners this season include GNC, GrubHub (GRUB), iRobot (IRBT), First Solar (FSLR), FireEye (FEYE), and Weight Watchers (WTW).  You’ll notice that only one S&P 500 company made the list of biggest winners — BCR — and that was the result of an acquisition offer that accompanied the earnings report.


Below is a list of the best performing large cap (S&P 500) names on earnings this reporting period.  Behind BCR, Coach (COH) ranks second with a one-day gain of 11.38% following its report on May 2nd.  Edwards Lifesciences (EW) is the only other S&P 500 company that has gained more than 10% on its earnings reaction day this season.

Under Armour (UAA) — a name that prior to its earnings report this season had been significantly beaten down — ranks fourth with a gain of 9.94%, while Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) rounds out the top five with a gain of 9.02%.  Other notables on the list of S&P 500 earnings winners include Caterpillar (CAT), Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), Cummins (CMI), American Express (AXP), Wynn Resorts (WYNN), and McDonald’s (MCD).

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