Earnings Estimates Rising for Comstock (CRK): Will It Gain?
Comstock Resources (CRK) 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.
The rising trend in estimate revisions, which is a result of growing analyst optimism on the earnings prospects of this oil and gas 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. 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 Comstock, 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 earnings estimate of $0.83 per share for the current quarter represents a change of +277.27% from the number reported a year ago.
Over the last 30 days, one estimate has moved higher for Comstock while one has gone lower. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased 5.23%.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
The company is expected to earn $3.64 per share for the full year, which represents a change of +213.79% from the prior-year number.
In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Comstock. Over the past month, one estimate has moved higher compared to one negative revision, helping the consensus estimate increase 14.03%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Comstock 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.
Our research shows that stocks with Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and 2 (Buy) significantly outperform the S&P 500.
Investors have been betting on Comstock because of its solid estimate revisions, as evident from the stock's 21.2% gain over the past four weeks. As its earnings growth prospects might push the stock higher, you may consider adding it to your portfolio right away.
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