Comstock (CRK) Moves 9.7% Higher: Will This Strength Last?

Comstock Resources (CRK) shares soared 9.7% in the last trading session to close at $8.80. The move was backed by solid volume with far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. This compares to the stock's 41.7% gain over the past four weeks.

Comstock Resources extended its rally for the eighth straight day, driven by optimism over rising natural gas prices spurred by strong demand and the slow restoration of operations from the Hurricane Ida-led shut-ins in the Gulf of Mexico. The recovery in the fuel’s price to a seven-year high of over $5 per MMBtu has pushed drilling activity higher and contributed to the strength in Comstock Resources, a natural gas operator in the Haynesville Shale in northwest Louisiana and East Texas.

Price and Consensus

Price Consensus Chart for CRK

This oil and gas company is expected to post quarterly earnings of $0.35 per share in its upcoming report, which represents a year-over-year change of +683.3%. Revenues are expected to be $409.15 million, up 129.9% from the year-ago quarter.

Earnings and revenue growth expectations certainly give a good sense of the potential strength in a stock, but empirical research shows that trends in earnings estimate revisions are strongly correlated with near-term stock price movements.

For Comstock, the consensus EPS estimate for the quarter has been revised 16.9% higher over the last 30 days to the current level. And a positive trend in earnings estimate revision usually translates into price appreciation. So, make sure to keep an eye on CRK going forward to see if this recent jump can turn into more strength down the road.

The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank 1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks here >>>>

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