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Patterson Cos. (PDCO) could be a solid choice for investors given the company's remarkably improving earnings outlook. While the stock has been a strong performer lately, this trend might continue since analysts are still raising their earnings estimates for the company.
Analysts' growing optimism on the earnings prospects of this medical supplies maker 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. 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.
Consensus earnings estimates for the next quarter and full year have moved considerably higher for Patterson Cos. 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 $0.51 per share for the current quarter represents a change of +8.51% from the number reported a year ago.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Patterson Cos. has increased 15.25% over the last 30 days, as five estimates have gone higher while one has gone lower.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the earnings estimate of $1.94 per share represents a change of +25.16% from the year-ago number.
The revisions trend for the current year also appears quite promising for Patterson Cos. with eight estimates moving higher over the past month compared to no negative revisions. The consensus estimate has also received a boost over this time frame, increasing 23%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Patterson Cos. 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 Patterson Cos. have attracted decent investments and pushed the stock 14.7% 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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