Westlake Chemical Corporation’s ( WLK Quick Quote WLK - Free Report) stock looks promising at the moment. The company’s shares have popped roughly 17% over the past three months. We are positive on the company’s prospects and believe that the time is right for you to add the stock to the portfolio as it looks promising and is poised to carry the momentum ahead. Westlake Chemical currently has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and a VGM Score of B. Our research shows that stocks with a VGM Score of A or B, combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or 2 (Buy), offer the best investment opportunities for investors. Let’s delve deeper into the factors that make this chemical maker an attractive choice for investors right now. Price Performance
Shares of Westlake Chemical are up 23.6% year to date against the 22.5% rise of its
industry. It has also outperformed the S&P 500’s roughly 11.8% rise over the same period.
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Over the past two months, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Westlake Chemical for 2021 has increased around 58.6%. The consensus estimate for second-quarter 2021 has also been revised 60.7% upward over the same time frame. The favorable estimate revisions instill investor confidence in the stock.
Solid Growth Prospects
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings for 2021 for Westlake Chemical is currently pegged at $8.82, reflecting an expected year-over-year growth of 285.2%. Moreover, earnings are expected to register a 2,690.9% growth in second-quarter 2021. The company also has an expected long-term earnings per share growth rate of 46.7%, above the industry average of 37.3%.
Positive Earnings Surprise History
Westlake Chemical has outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the trailing four quarters. In this time frame, it has delivered an earnings surprise of 319.6%, on average.
Growth Drivers in Place
Westlake Chemical should benefit from higher demand in its polyethylene business in specialty applications, especially food packaging, and strength in global demand for polyvinyl chloride (“PVC”) resin. It is seeing strong demand in the downstream building products business on the back of new housing starts and spending on repair and remodeling activities.
The company, in its first-quarter call, said that it sees continued strong global demand in polyethylene, PVC and downstream building products on strong markets for the downstream uses of its products including residential construction, packaging and healthcare. Westlake Chemical will also gain from its capacity expansion projects, synergies of acquisitions, and actions to improve operating efficiency and reduce costs. It is also making disciplined investments, developing new products and leveraging its current products and footprint globally.
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