Quanex Building Products (NX - Free Report) could be a solid choice for investors given the company's remarkably improving earnings outlook. While the stock has been a strong performer lately, this trend might continue since analysts are still raising their earnings estimates for the company.
Analysts' growing optimism on the earnings prospects of this housing materials maker is driving estimates higher, 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. This insight is at the core of our stock rating tool -- the Zacks Rank.
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Consensus earnings estimates for the next quarter and full year have moved considerably higher for Quanex, 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 $0.42 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of +90.91%.
Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Quanex has increased 12% because one estimate has moved higher compared to no negative revisions.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
The company is expected to earn $0.93 per share for the full year, which represents a change of +43.08% from the prior-year number.
The revisions trend for the current year also appears quite promising for Quanex, with one estimate moving higher over the past month compared to no negative revisions. The consensus estimate has also received a boost over this time frame, increasing 8.82%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Quanex 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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Quanex shares have added 8.6% 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.