) crafted a new 52-week high, touching $293.31 at the beginning
of the trading session on May 21, 2013. The closing price of this
leading asset manager represents a solid year-to-date return of
38.1%. The average trading volume over the last 3 months was 0.7
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Despite hitting its 52-week high, this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock
has plenty of upside left given its strong estimate revisions
over the last 30 days and expected year-over-year earnings growth
of 17.15% for 2013.
BlackRock's acquisition spree and impressive first-quarter 2013
results - including an earnings surprise of 1.67%, a record
$3.936 trillion in assets under management (up 7% year over year)
and continuous capital deployment activities - have been the
primary growth drivers.
Recently, BlackRock entered into a definitive agreement with
MGPA, an independent private-equity property investment advisory
firm, to purchase the latter. The acquisition will enable
BlackRock to acquire MGPA's assets under management worth
approximately $12 billion. Further, this will take the total
amount invested by BlackRock in the worldwide real estate
business to $25 billion.
On Apr 16, 2013, BlackRock reported first-quarter 2013 adjusted
earnings of $3.65 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of $3.59. The results compare favorably with the
year-ago earnings of $3.16. The year-over-year improvement was
primarily attributable to top-line growth, partially offset by
higher operating expenses.
Alongside, the company has delivered positive earnings surprises
for 4 straight quarters with an average beat of 3.75%.
Estimate Revisions Show Potency
Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate increased
0.7% to $16.03 per share. For 2014, the Zacks Consensus Estimate
advanced 0.8% to $18.24 per share over the same time frame.
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). All these carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).