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After a string of third-quarter earnings releases by companies in the construction sector, we are gearing up for the next batch of reports this week. With the earnings season picking up pace, 80.1% companies in the construction space have reported their quarterly results. According to our latest Earnings Outlook, 33.3% have surpassed earnings estimates while 11.1% beat revenue expectations.

Total earnings for these construction companies increased 6.4% on 6.3% higher revenues. The sector is likely to register a 5.2% increase in earnings on 7% revenue growth.

Positives like a healthier economy, improving employment levels, low interest rates, positive consumer confidence and a tight supply situation raise optimism about the sector’s performance. Further, a strong home remodeling market along with solid job data and rising consumer confidence are doing the trick for these stocks.

So far, some of the leading companies in the construction sector have reported their third-quarter numbers. Masco Corporation (MAS - Free Report) reported third-quarter results wherein both earnings and revenues missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. PulteGroup Inc.’s (PHM - Free Report) third-quarter 2016 earnings were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate while revenues missed the same. KB Home (KBH - Free Report) reported third-quarter numbers wherein earnings surpassed analysts’ expectations by 7.7% and also increased 83% year over year.

Let’s take a look at what’s in store for three construction stocks which are scheduled to release their third-quarter numbers on Nov 7.

Trex Co. Inc. (TREX - Free Report) , a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% and a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

As per our model, a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 or 3 (Hold) to beat earnings.

Thus, our proven model does not conclusively show a beat for Trex this quarter.

Last quarter, the company posted a positive earnings surprise of 9.72%. The company reported positive earnings surprises in three of the past four quarters, with an average beat of 8.11%.
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For the third quarter, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is pegged at 41 cents per share, reflecting an increase of 58.5% year over year, while the consensus for revenues is at $105.1 million, implying 11.7% year-over-year growth.

TREX COMPANY Price and EPS Surprise

 

TREX COMPANY Price and EPS Surprise | TREX COMPANY Quote

Ply Gem Holdings, Inc (PGEM - Free Report) manufactures and sells exterior building products primarily in the U.S. and Canada. The company has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% and a Zacks Rank #3 which makes it difficult to predict a beat for Ply Gem this quarter. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

In the previous quarter, the company posted a positive earnings surprise of 14.81%. Ply Gem reported positive earnings surprises in all of the past four quarters, with an average beat of 71.25%.

For the third quarter, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is pegged at 68 cents a share, reflecting an increase of 13.8% year over year, while the consensus for revenues is at $548.7 million, implying 3.4% year-over-year growth.

PLY GEM HOLDING Price and EPS Surprise

 

PLY GEM HOLDING Price and EPS Surprise | PLY GEM HOLDING Quote

Continental Building Products, Inc. (CBPX - Free Report) is a leading manufacturer of wallboard and gypsum-based products.

The company has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% and a Zacks Rank #3 which makes it difficult to predict a beat for Continental Building this quarter.

In the previous quarter, the company posted a positive earnings surprise of 6.9%. Continental Building reported positive earnings surprises in three of the past four quarters, with an average positive surprise of 19.43%.

For the third quarter, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is pegged at 29 cents a share, reflecting an increase of 16% year over year, while the consensus for revenues is at $109 million, implying 0.8% year-over-year rise.

CONTL BLDG PRD Price and EPS Surprise

 

CONTL BLDG PRD Price and EPS Surprise | CONTL BLDG PRD Quote

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