Which Top Amusement Park Stocks Have the Strongest Earnings Trends?

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Earnings trends are extremely important when evaluating stocks. At Wall St. Cheat Sheet, we view increasing earnings quarter-over-quarter as a simple way to gauge whether costs and the business model are stable. Then we like to analyze whether the company is outperforming peers in the sector. This is what we call the “E-Squared” investment analysis (‘E = Earnings Are Increasing Quarter-Over-Quarter’ + ‘E = Excellent Relative Performance Versus Peers and Sector’).

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Here’s your Cheat Sheet to how the top amusement park stocks rank via earnings trends:

Cedar Fair LP (NYSE:FUN): Current Price $38.08

Fiscal Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Revenue ($) in millions 986.97 996.23 916.08 977.59 1,028
Diluted EPS ($) -0.08 0.10 0.63 -0.57 1.29

We note the sharp improvement in revenue and EPS during 2011 at Cedar Fair.

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Sep. 30, 2011 Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 572.27 144.84 28.20 357.61 553.44
Diluted EPS ($) 2.73 0.01 -1.18 0.65 2.51

Quarterly results bottomed out in March 2012, and thereafter, the company has not looked back. We see solid growth in turnover and EPS in June and September 2012 quarters. The company remains in our reckoning…

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