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Why Canadian Natural (CNQ) Could Be Positioned for a Surge

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Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNQ - Free Report) is a Canadian exploration and production company that could be an interesting play for investors. That is because, not only does the stock have decent short-term momentum, but it is seeing solid activity on the earnings estimate revision front as well.

These positive earnings estimate revisions suggest that analysts are becoming more optimistic on CNQ’s earnings for the coming quarter and year. In fact, consensus estimates have moved sharply higher for both of these time frames over the past four weeks, suggesting that Canadian Natural could be a solid choice for investors.

Current Quarter Estimates for CNQ

In the past 30 days, three estimates have gone higher for Canadian Natural while one has gone lower in the same time period. The trend has been pretty favorable too, with estimates increasing from 31 cents a share 30 days ago, to 40 cents today, a move of 29%.

Current Year Estimates for CNQ

Meanwhile, Canadian Natural’s current year figures are also looking quite promising, with four estimates moving higher in the past month, compared to none lower. The consensus estimate trend has also seen a boost for this time frame, increasing from $1.36 per share 30 days ago to $1.55 per share today, an increase of 14%.

Bottom Line

The stock has also started to move higher lately, adding 7.5% over the past four weeks, suggesting that investors are starting to take note of this impressive story. So, investors may want to consider this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock to profit in the near future. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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