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Strength Seen in Progress Software (PRGS): Can Its 7.3% Jump Turn into More Strength?

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Progress Software (PRGS - Free Report) shares rallied 7.3% in the last trading session to close at $51.56. 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 0.5% gain over the past four weeks.

Progress is benefiting from solid uptake of the company’s core products, namely, Data Direct, Chef and DevTools.

This business software maker is expected to post quarterly earnings of $0.95 per share in its upcoming report, which represents a year-over-year change of +15.9%. Revenues are expected to be $146.52 million, up 13.4% from the year-ago quarter.

While earnings and revenue growth expectations are important in evaluating the potential strength in a stock, empirical research shows a strong correlation between trends in earnings estimate revisions and near-term stock price movements.

For Progress Software, 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 PRGS 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 >>>>

Progress Software is part of the Zacks Computer - Software industry. Cadence Design Systems (CDNS - Free Report) , another stock in the same industry, closed the last trading session 4.3% higher at $157.62. CDNS has returned 1.6% in the past month.

For Cadence, the consensus EPS estimate for the upcoming report has remained unchanged over the past month at $0.97. This represents a change of +12.8% from what the company reported a year ago. Cadence currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

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