Weyerhaeuser (WY - Free Report) could be a solid choice for investors given the company's remarkably improving earnings outlook. While the stock has been a strong performer lately, this trend might continue since analysts are still raising their earnings estimates for the company.
Analysts' growing optimism on the earnings prospects of this timber and paper products company is driving estimates higher, which should get reflected in its stock price. After all, empirical research shows a strong correlation between trends in earnings estimate revisions and near-term stock price movements. Our stock rating tool -- the Zacks Rank -- is principally built on this insight.
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Consensus earnings estimates for the next quarter and full year have moved considerably higher for Weyerhaeuser, as there has been strong agreement among the covering analysts in raising estimates.
The chart below shows the evolution of forward 12-month Zacks Consensus EPS estimate:
12 Month EPS
Current-Quarter Estimate Revisions
The earnings estimate of $0.32 per share for the current quarter represents a change of +300% from the number reported a year ago.
Over the last 30 days, two estimates have moved higher for Weyerhaeuser compared to no negative revisions. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased 304.17%.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
The company is expected to earn $0.61 per share for the full year, which represents a change of +56.41% from the prior-year number.
In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Weyerhaeuser. Over the past month, four estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions, helping the consensus estimate increase 125.08%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
The promising estimate revisions have helped Weyerhaeuser earn a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The Zacks Rank is a tried-and-tested rating tool that helps investors effectively harness the power of earnings estimate revisions and make the right investment decision. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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While strong estimate revisions for Weyerhaeuser have attracted decent investments and pushed the stock 8.8% higher over the past four weeks, further upside may still be left in the stock. So, you may consider adding it to your portfolio right away.