Dycom Industries (DY - Free Report) could be a solid addition to your portfolio given a notable revision in the company's earnings estimates. While the stock has been gaining lately, the trend might continue since its earnings outlook is still improving.
The upward trend in estimate revisions for this provider of specialty contracting services reflects growing optimism of analysts on its earnings prospects, 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 -- has this insight at its core.
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For Dycom Industries, strong agreement among the covering analysts in revising earnings estimates upward has resulted in meaningful improvement in consensus estimates for the next quarter and full year.
The chart below shows the evolution of forward 12-month Zacks Consensus EPS estimate:
12 Month EPS
Current-Quarter Estimate Revisions
For the current quarter, the company is expected to earn $1.02 per share, which is a change of +15.91% from the year-ago reported number.
Over the last 30 days, two estimates have moved higher for Dycom Industries compared to no negative revisions. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased 25.83%.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the earnings estimate of $2.65 per share represents a change of +16.74% from the year-ago number.
The revisions trend for the current year also appears quite promising for Dycom Industries, with three estimates moving higher over the past month compared to no negative revisions. The consensus estimate has also received a boost over this time frame, increasing 31.19%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Dycom Industries currently carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong 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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Investors have been betting on Dycom Industries because of its solid estimate revisions, as evident from the stock's 41.6% gain over the past four weeks. As its earnings growth prospects might push the stock higher, you may consider adding it to your portfolio right away.