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Earnings Estimates Moving Higher for Ceva (CEVA): Time to Buy?

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Ceva (CEVA - Free Report) could be a solid addition to your portfolio given a notable revision in the company's earnings estimates. While the stock has been gaining lately, the trend might continue since its earnings outlook is still improving.

Analysts' growing optimism on the earnings prospects of this chip designer 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. This insight is at the core of our stock rating tool -- the Zacks Rank.

The five-grade Zacks Rank system, which ranges from a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive externally-audited track record of outperformance, with Zacks #1 Ranked stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 2008.

Consensus earnings estimates for the next quarter and full year have moved considerably higher for Ceva, 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 company is expected to earn $0.16 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of -30.43%.

Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Ceva has increased 300% because three estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions.

Current-Year Estimate Revisions

For the full year, the company is expected to earn $0.41 per share, representing a year-over-year change of -22.64%.

In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Ceva. Over the past month, three estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions, helping the consensus estimate increase 37.78%.

Favorable Zacks Rank

Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Ceva currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (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.

Our research shows that stocks with Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and 2 (Buy) significantly outperform the S&P 500.

Bottom Line

While strong estimate revisions for Ceva have attracted decent investments and pushed the stock 26.8% 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.


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