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Elbit (ESLT) Moves 4.6% Higher: Will This Strength Last?

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Elbit Systems (ESLT) shares ended the last trading session 4.6% higher at $132.71. The jump came on an impressive volume with a higher-than-average number of shares changing hands in the session. This compares to the stock's 3.5% loss over the past four weeks.

The latest uptick in Elbit Systems’ share performance can be attributed to the recently signed agreement between Lockheed Martin and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to co-develop a ground-based laser weapon, per a few media sources. The news of this partnership must have boosted investors’ optimism for Israel’s major defense electronics maker Elbit Systems, which has been involved in the development of an airborne laser weapon for Israel. Elbit is likely to play a notable role in the latest partnership between Lockheed and Rafael, which in turn boosted its share price.

This maker of defense electronics is expected to post quarterly earnings of $1.52 per share in its upcoming report, which represents a year-over-year change of -2.6%. Revenues are expected to be $1.18 billion, up 9.6% from the year-ago quarter.

Earnings and revenue growth expectations certainly give a good sense of the potential strength in a stock, but empirical research shows that trends in earnings estimate revisions are strongly correlated with near-term stock price movements.

For Elbit, the consensus EPS estimate for the quarter has remained unchanged over the last 30 days. And a stock's price usually doesn't keep moving higher in the absence of any trend in earnings estimate revisions. So, make sure to keep an eye on ESLT going forward to see if this recent jump can turn into more strength down the road.

The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank 3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks here >>>>


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