Harley-Davidson (HOG)

2022 has been rough on the stock market, with the S&P 500 down nearly 8%. But investors have ridden motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson for some decent gains — shares are up 5% year to date.

The company has posted strong financials of late. In the most recent quarter, Harley-Davidson generated $1.02 billion of revenue, representing a 40% increase year over year.

The real highlight, though, was on the bottom line. The company earned a profit of 14 cents per share in Q4, while Wall Street analysts were expecting a loss of 38 cents per share. In the trading session following that earnings release, Harley shares soared 16%.

Will history repeat itself? The company is scheduled to report Q1 results on Wednesday, Apr. 27 before the market opens.

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WEX is in the payment processing and information management business. It serves businesses from a wide range of sectors, including fleet, corporate payments, travel and health.

Many popular fintech plays have gone out of favor this year: industry titan PayPal has plunged 46% year to date and Block is down 23%. But WEX shares have returned an impressive 21% in 2022.

Last quarter, WEX’s revenue grew 25% year over year to $497.5 million. Adjusted earnings per share spiked 78% to $2.58. Both numbers topped analyst estimates. On average, Wall Street was projecting earnings of $2.46 per share on $488.2 billion of revenue.

The company will report Q1 results on Thursday, Apr. 28 before the bell.

Essent Group (ESNT)

Essent Group provides mortgage insurance, reinsurance, and risk management products to lenders and investors.

Unlike the previously mentioned names, Essent hasn’t been a market favorite. Year to date, shares are down about 6%. That could give contrarian investors something to think about.

Essent nicely thumped Wall Street expectations last time it reported. In Q4, revenue increased 3.9% to $256.9 million while earnings per share shot up 49%. Analysts had forecast revenue of $240.7 million and earnings of $1.40 per share.

Another earnings-beat could trigger a change in market sentiment. Essent is set to report its Q1 results on May 6.

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Jing is an investment reporter for MoneyWise. Prior to joining the team, he was a research analyst and editor at one of the leading financial publishing companies in North America. An avid advocate of investing for passive income, he wrote a monthly dividend stock newsletter for the better half of the past decade. Jing holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree, both from the University of Toronto.

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