) reached a new 52-week high, touching $323.00 at the beginning
of the trading session on Dec 26, 2013. The closing price of this
leading asset manager marked a solid year-to-date return of
52.0%. The average trading volume over the last 3 months was 0.6
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Despite the strong price appreciation, this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold)
stock has plenty of upside left, given its strong estimate
revisions over the last 60 days and expected year-over-year
earnings growth of 10.7% for 2013.
BlackRock's impressive third-quarter 2013 results, a record $4.10
trillion in assets under management (up 12% year over year) and
continuous capital deployment activities were the primary factors
that boosted the stock price.
On Oct 16, 2013, BlackRock reported third-quarter 2013 adjusted
earnings of $3.88 per share, in line with the Zacks Consensus
Estimate but up 12% from the prior-year quarter figure. Results
benefited from increased revenues, partly offset by higher
operating expenses. Further, significant growth in assets under
management (AUM) was a tailwind.
Alongside, the company has delivered positive earnings surprises
in 3 out of the past 4 quarters with an average beat of 5.40%.
Estimate Revisions Show Potency
Over the last 60 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate rose 0.2% to
$16.06 per share. For 2014, the Zacks Consensus Estimate advanced
0.5% to $18.94 per share over the same time frame.
However, some better-ranked investment management firms include
Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.
GAMCO Investors, Inc.
). All these stocks carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).