Clearwater Paper (CLW - 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.
The upward trend in estimate revisions for this maker of pulp-based products 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 Clearwater Paper, 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
For the current quarter, the company is expected to earn $0.43 per share, which is a change of +2250% from the year-ago reported number.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Clearwater Paper has increased 53.57% over the last 30 days, as one estimate has gone higher compared to no negative revisions.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the company is expected to earn $1.12 per share, representing a year-over-year change of +386.96%.
In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Clearwater Paper. Over the past month, two estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions, helping the consensus estimate increase 29.65%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Clearwater Paper 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.
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Clearwater Paper shares have added 36% 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.