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Will Crocs (CROX) Gain on Rising Earnings Estimates?
Crocs (CROX - Free Report) appears an attractive pick given a noticeable improvement in the company's earnings outlook. The stock has been a strong performer lately, and the momentum might continue with analysts still raising their earnings estimates for the company.
Analysts' growing optimism on the earnings prospects of this footwear 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.
The five-grade Zacks Rank system, which ranges from a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive externally-audited track record of outperformance, with Zacks #1 Ranked stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 2008.
Consensus earnings estimates for the next quarter and full year have moved considerably higher for Crocs, 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 company is expected to earn $1.80 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of +91.49%.
Over the last 30 days, four estimates have moved higher for Crocs compared to no negative revisions. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased 34.96%.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the company is expected to earn $6.78 per share, representing a year-over-year change of +110.56%.
In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Crocs. Over the past month, four estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions, helping the consensus estimate increase 19.38%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Crocs 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.
Our research shows that stocks with Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and 2 (Buy) significantly outperform the S&P 500.
Crocs shares have added 11.3% over the past four weeks, suggesting that investors are betting on its impressive estimate revisions. So, you may consider adding it to your portfolio right away to benefit from its earnings growth prospects.