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AdvanSix (ASIX) Moves 11.2% Higher: Will This Strength Last?

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AdvanSix (ASIX - Free Report) shares rallied 11.2% in the last trading session to close at $34.89. 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 30.9% loss over the past four weeks.

ASIX’s rally appears to reflect strong expected demand for nylon and chemical intermediates in North America and solid ammonium sulfate fertilizer performance. It is also benefiting from disciplined execution, diverse portfolio, favorable pricing and acquisitions.

This polymer resins producer is expected to post quarterly earnings of $2.39 per share in its upcoming report, which represents a year-over-year change of +56.2%. Revenues are expected to be $557.5 million, up 27.4% 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 AdvanSix, the consensus EPS estimate for the quarter has been revised 17% lower over the last 30 days to the current level. And a negative trend in earnings estimate revisions doesn't usually translate into price appreciation. So, make sure to keep an eye on ASIX going forward to see if this recent jump can turn into more strength down the road.

The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks here >>>>

AdvanSix is a member of the Zacks Chemical - Specialty industry. One other stock in the same industry, Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE - Free Report) , finished the last trading session 4.6% lower at $26.87. GPRE has returned -13% over the past month.

Green Plains' consensus EPS estimate for the upcoming report has remained unchanged over the past month at $0.18. Compared to the company's year-ago EPS, this represents a change of -28%. Green Plains currently boasts a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).


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