Investors might want to bet on Western Digital (WDC), 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 upward trend in estimate revisions for this maker of hard drives for businesses and personal computers 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 Western Digital, 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 $0.97 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of +470.59%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Western Digital has increased 74.43% over the last 30 days, as seven estimates have gone higher compared to no negative revisions.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
The company is expected to earn $3.24 per share for the full year, which represents a change of -33.06% from the prior-year number.
There has been an encouraging trend in estimate revisions for the current year as well. Over the past month, eight estimates have moved up for Western Digital versus no negative revisions. This has pushed the consensus estimate 43.09% higher.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Western Digital 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 Western Digital because of its solid estimate revisions, as evident from the stock's 5.5% 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.