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Brooks (BRKS) Moves 8.8% Higher: Will This Strength Last?

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Brooks Automation shares rallied 8.8% in the last trading session to close at $102.45. This move can be attributable to notable volume with a higher number of shares being traded than in a typical session. This compares to the stock's 20.1% gain over the past four weeks.

The upswing in share price can be attributed to Brooks Automation's announcement that it has agreed to divest its Semiconductor Solutions Group business (automation business) to Thomas H. Lee Partners for $3 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close in first half of 2022.

This supplier to semiconductor manufacturers is expected to post quarterly earnings of $0.78 per share in its upcoming report, which represents a year-over-year change of +52.9%. Revenues are expected to be $337.53 million, up 37.1% from the year-ago quarter.

Earnings and revenue growth expectations certainly give a good sense of the potential strength in a stock, but empirical research shows that trends in earnings estimate revisions are strongly correlated with near-term stock price movements.

For Brooks, the consensus EPS estimate for the quarter has remained unchanged over the last 30 days. And a stock's price usually doesn't keep moving higher in the absence of any trend in earnings estimate revisions. So, make sure to keep an eye on BRKS going forward to see if this recent jump can turn into more strength down the road.

The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank 2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks here >>>>

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