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Koppers (KOP) Stock Up 25% YTD: What's Driving It?

Shares of Koppers Holdings Inc.KOP have gained around 25% year to date. The company has also outperformed its industry 's gain of roughly 24% to over the same time frame.

Koppers has a market cap of roughly $1 billion and average volume of shares traded in the last three months is around 140.2K. The company has an expected long-term earnings per share growth of 18%, higher than the industry average of 10.1%.

Let's take a look into the factors that are driving this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock.

Driving Factors

Forecast-topping earnings performance in the first three quarters of 2017 and upbeat prospects have contributed to a rally in Koppers' shares. The company delivered positive earnings surprise of 94.3%, 28.3% and 62.5% in the first, second and third quarter of 2017, respectively.

Koppers, last month, raised its earnings outlook for 2017 factoring in solid performance year to date. The company now sees adjusted earnings in the range of $3.70 to $3.80 per share for 2017, up from its prior view of $3.10 to $3.30 per share. The revision is partly due to lower than expected effective tax rate.

The company also raised its adjusted EBITDA forecast for 2017 to around $195 million from roughly $185 million expected earlier. The guidance also reflects an increase from $174 million recorded in the prior year.

Koppers should gain from sustained strong performance of its Carbon Materials and Chemicals (CMC) and Performance Chemicals (PC) units. The CMC unit is benefiting from favorable market conditions and savings benefits from the company's restructuring actions.

While the PC division faces headwinds from raw material cost inflation, it is likely to gain from continued strong demand. The unit is expected to benefit from positive trends in the repair and remodeling market.

Koppers Holdings Inc. Price and Consensus

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Other Stocks to Consider

Other top-ranked companies in the basic materials space include FMC Corporation FMC , Kronos Worldwide, Inc. KRO and Westlake Chemical Corporation WLK , all sporting a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

FMC has an expected long-term earnings growth of 11.3%. The stock has gained around 66% year to date.

Kronos has an expected long-term earnings growth of 5%. The stock has gained around 117% year to date.

Westlake has an expected earnings growth of 10.6% for the current year. Its shares are up roughly 85% year to date.

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