The Bancorp (TBBK - Free Report) appears an attractive pick given a noticeable improvement in the company's earnings outlook. The stock has been a strong performer lately, and the momentum might continue with analysts still raising their earnings estimates for the company.
Analysts' growing optimism on the earnings prospects of this holding company for The Bancorp Bank is driving estimates higher, 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 -- has this insight at its core.
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For The Bancorp, there has been strong agreement among the covering analysts in raising earnings estimates, which has helped push consensus estimates considerably higher for the next quarter and full year.
The chart below shows the evolution of forward 12-month Zacks Consensus EPS estimate:
12 Month EPS
Current-Quarter Estimate Revisions
For the current quarter, the company is expected to earn $0.18 per share, which is a change of +80% from the year-ago reported number.
Over the last 30 days, two estimates have moved higher for The Bancorp compared to no negative revisions. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased 9.38%.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
The company is expected to earn $0.78 per share for the full year, which represents a change of +52.94% from the prior-year number.
The revisions trend for the current year also appears quite promising for The Bancorp, with two 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 6.85%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
The promising estimate revisions have helped The Bancorp 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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While strong estimate revisions for The Bancorp have attracted decent investments and pushed the stock 6.3% higher over the past four weeks, further upside may still be left in the stock. So, you may consider adding it to your portfolio right away.