Investors might want to bet on PPG Industries (PPG), as earnings estimates for this company have been showing solid improvement lately. The stock has already gained solid short-term price momentum, and this trend might continue with its still improving earnings outlook.
The rising trend in estimate revisions, which is a result of growing analyst optimism on the earnings prospects of this paint and coatings maker, 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 -- is principally built on this insight.
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.
Consensus earnings estimates for the next quarter and full year have moved considerably higher for PPG Industries, as there has been strong agreement among the covering analysts in raising estimates.
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 $1.47 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of -11.98%.
Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for PPG Industries has increased 14.3% because six estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the earnings estimate of $4.98 per share represents a change of -19.94% from the year-ago number.
There has been an encouraging trend in estimate revisions for the current year as well. Over the past month, seven estimates have moved up for PPG Industries versus no negative revisions. This has pushed the consensus estimate 5.38% higher.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, PPG Industries currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (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.
Our research shows that stocks with Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and 2 (Buy) significantly outperform the S&P 500.
While strong estimate revisions for PPG Industries have attracted decent investments and pushed the stock 6.7% higher over the past four weeks, further upside may still be left in the stock. So, you may consider adding it to your portfolio right away.
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