Manhattan Associates (MANH - 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 business software company, 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 Manhattan Associates, 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 $0.35 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of -16.67%.
Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Manhattan Associates has increased 11.59% because one estimate has moved higher while two have gone lower.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the earnings estimate of $1.54 per share represents a change of -11.49% from the year-ago number.
In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Manhattan Associates. Over the past month, two estimates have moved higher compared to two negative revisions, helping the consensus estimate increase 16.5%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
The promising estimate revisions have helped Manhattan Associates earn 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.
Manhattan Associates shares have added 26.1% 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.