Earnings Estimates Moving Higher for Align Technology (ALGN): Time to Buy?
Align Technology (ALGN) could be a solid addition to your portfolio given a notable revision in the company's earnings estimates. While the stock has been gaining lately, the trend might continue since its earnings outlook is still improving.
Analysts' growing optimism on the earnings prospects of this maker of the Invisalign tooth-straightening system 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. Our stock rating tool -- the Zacks Rank -- has this insight at its core.
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.
For Align Technology, there has been strong agreement among the covering analysts in raising earnings estimates, which has helped push consensus estimates considerably higher for the next quarter and full year.
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 $2.10 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of +37.25%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Align Technology has increased 50.17% over the last 30 days, as six estimates have gone higher compared to no negative revisions.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the company is expected to earn $4.65 per share, representing a year-over-year change of -15.91%.
The revisions trend for the current year also appears quite promising for Align Technology, with seven estimates moving higher over the past month compared to one negative revision. The consensus estimate has also received a boost over this time frame, increasing 187.52%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Align Technology 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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Align Technology shares have added 42.1% 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.
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