Investors might want to bet on Radware (RDWR - 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 rising trend in estimate revisions, which is a result of growing analyst optimism on the earnings prospects of this network management software maker, 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 Radware, 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
The company is expected to earn $0.18 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of +20%.
Over the last 30 days, one estimate has moved higher for Radware compared to no negative revisions. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased 11.11%.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the company is expected to earn $0.77 per share, representing a year-over-year change of +40%.
The revisions trend for the current year also appears quite promising for Radware, with three 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 21.14%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Radware currently carries 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 Radware have attracted decent investments and pushed the stock 5.4% 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.