Investors might want to bet on Akamai Technologies (AKAM - Free Report) , as earnings estimates for this company have been showing solid improvement lately. The stock has already gained solid short-term price momentum, and this trend might continue with its still improving earnings outlook.
The upward trend in estimate revisions for this cloud services provider reflects growing optimism of analysts on its earnings prospects, 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.
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Consensus earnings estimates for the next quarter and full year have moved considerably higher for Akamai Technologies, 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 earnings estimate of $1.00 per share for the current quarter represents a change of +44.93% from the number reported a year ago.
Over the last 30 days, 12 estimates have moved higher for Akamai Technologies compared to no negative revisions. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased 12.46%.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the earnings estimate of $3.56 per share represents a change of +35.5% from the year-ago number.
The revisions trend for the current year also appears quite promising for Akamai Technologies, with 11 estimates moving higher over the past month compared to no negative revisions. The consensus estimate has also received a boost over this time frame, increasing 7.74%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
The promising estimate revisions have helped Akamai Technologies earn 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.
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Akamai Technologies shares have added 9% 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.