Anixter International (AXE - 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.
The upward trend in estimate revisions for this maker of security products, wires and fasteners 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 -- has this insight at its core.
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For Anixter International, strong agreement among the covering analysts in revising earnings estimates upward has resulted in meaningful improvement in consensus estimates 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 earnings estimate of $2.13 per share for the current quarter represents a change of +39.22% from the number reported a year ago.
Over the last 30 days, one estimate has moved higher for Anixter International compared to no negative revisions. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased 15.14%.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the company is expected to earn $7.42 per share, representing a year-over-year change of +27.27%.
In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Anixter International. Over the past month, one estimate has moved higher compared to no negative revisions, helping the consensus estimate increase 7.07%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Anixter International 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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Anixter International shares have added 25.3% 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.