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Increased Earnings Estimates Seen for AutoZone (AZO): Can It Move Higher?

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AutoZone, Inc. AZO is a leading U.S retailer and distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories that could be an interesting play for investors. That is because, not only does the stock have decent short-term momentum, but it is seeing solid activity on the earnings estimate revision front as well.

These positive earnings estimate revisions suggest that analysts are becoming more optimistic on AZO’s earnings for the coming quarter and year. In fact, consensus estimates have moved sharply higher for both of these time frames over the past four weeks, suggesting that AutoZone could be a solid choice for investors.

Current Quarter Estimates for AZO

In the past 30 days, seven estimates have gone higher for AutoZone while none have gone lower in the same time period. The trend has been pretty favorable too, with estimates increasing from $16.13 a share 30 days ago, to $17.94 today, a move of 11.2%.

Current Year Estimates for AZO

Meanwhile, AutoZone’s current year figures are also looking quite promising, with nine estimates moving higher in the past month, compared to none lower. The consensus estimate trend has also seen a boost for this time frame, increasing from $97.97 per share 30 days ago to $106.60 per share today, an increase of 8.8%.

AutoZone, Inc. Price and Consensus

AutoZone, Inc. Price and Consensus
AutoZone, Inc. Price and Consensus

AutoZone, Inc. price-consensus-chart | AutoZone, Inc. Quote

Bottom Line

The stock has also started to move higher lately, adding 12.5% over the past four weeks, suggesting that investors are starting to take note of this impressive story. So, investors may want to consider this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock to profit in the near future. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.


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