Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ - 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 rising trend in estimate revisions, which is a result of growing analyst optimism on the earnings prospects of this drugmaker, 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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Consensus earnings estimates for the next quarter and full year have moved considerably higher for Jazz, 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 $4.03 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of +10.71%.
Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Jazz has increased 8.12% because seven estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
The company is expected to earn $15.81 per share for the full year, which represents a change of +15.4% from the prior-year number.
The revisions trend for the current year also appears quite promising for Jazz, with 10 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 5.22%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Jazz 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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Investors have been betting on Jazz because of its solid estimate revisions, as evident from the stock's 10.5% gain over the past four weeks. As its earnings growth prospects might push the stock higher, you may consider adding it to your portfolio right away.