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Earnings Estimates Moving Higher for Legacy Housing (LEGH): Time to Buy?

Zacks Equity Research

Legacy Housing (LEGH) appears an attractive pick given a noticeable improvement in the company's earnings outlook. The stock has been a strong performer lately, and the momentum might continue with analysts still raising their earnings estimates for the company.

The rising trend in estimate revisions, which is a result of growing analyst optimism on the earnings prospects of this mobile home manufacturing company, 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. This insight is at the core of our stock rating tool -- the Zacks Rank.

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 Legacy Housing, strong agreement among the covering analysts in revising earnings estimates upward has resulted in meaningful improvement in consensus estimates 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 earnings estimate of $0.31 per share for the current quarter represents a change of -11.43% from the number reported a year ago.

Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Legacy Housing has increased 29.17% because one estimate has moved higher compared to no negative revisions.

Current-Year Estimate Revisions

For the full year, the earnings estimate of $1.13 per share represents a change of -4.24% from the year-ago number.

In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Legacy Housing. Over the past month, one estimate has moved higher compared to no negative revisions, helping the consensus estimate increase 18.95%.

Favorable Zacks Rank

The promising estimate revisions have helped Legacy Housing earn 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.

Our research shows that stocks with Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and 2 (Buy) significantly outperform the S&P 500.

Bottom Line

While strong estimate revisions for Legacy Housing have attracted decent investments and pushed the stock 21.1% 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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