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Looking for a Top Momentum Stock? 3 Reasons Why Lumos Networks (LMOS) is a Great Choice

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Many investors like to look for momentum in stocks, but this can be very tough to define. There is great debate regarding which metrics are the best to focus on in this regard, and which are not really quality indicators of future performance. Fortunately, with our new style score system we have identified the key statistics to pay close attention to and thus which stocks might be the best for momentum investors in the near term.

This method discovered several great candidates for momentum-oriented investors, but today let’s focus in on Lumos Networks Corp. LMOS as this stock is looking especially impressive right now. And while there are numerous ways in which this company could be a great choice, we have highlighted three of the most vital reasons for LMOS’s status as a solid momentum stock below:

Longer Term Price Change for Lumos Networks

While any stock can see a spike in price, it takes a real winner to consistently outperform the market. That is why looking at longer term price metrics—such as performance over the past three months or year-- and comparing these to an industry at large can be very useful.

And in the case of LMOS, the results are quite impressive. The company has beaten out the industry at large over the past 12 weeks by a margin of 14.6% to 2.1% while it has also outperformed when looking at the past year, putting up a gain of 40.4%. Clearly, LMOS is riding a bit of a hot streak and is worth a closer look by investors.

Lumos Networks Corp. Price

Lumos Networks Corp. Price | Lumos Networks Corp. Quote

Fiscal Year EPS Estimate Change for LMOS

In addition to price performance, it is also important to take a look at earnings estimate changes for the full year. This can show if LMOS is poised to make a run based on fundamentals, or if the company is simply moving on speculation.

Over the past month, the full year earnings estimate for LMOS has risen by 129.4%. On its own this is impressive, but consider that it also beats the industry average of 12.7% too. The trend is undeniably in Lumos Networks’ favor right now, and it suggests that the momentum might be long lasting for this stock.

Earnings Estimate Revisions Moving in the Right Direction

While the great momentum factors outlined in the preceding paragraphs might be enough for some investors, we should also take into account broad earnings estimate revision trends. A nice path here can really help to show us a promising stock, and we have actually been seeing that with LMOS as of late too.

Over the past two months, one earnings estimate has gone higher compared to none lower for the full year. This revision have helped to boost the consensus estimate as two months ago LMOS was expected to post earnings of 23 cents per share for the full year, though today it looks to have EPS of 34 cents for the full year, representing an increase which is something that should definitely be welcomed news to would-be investors.

Bottom Line

Given these factors, investors shouldn’t be surprised to note that we have LMOS as a security with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and a Momentum Score of ‘A’. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

So if you are looking for a fresh pick that has potential to move in the right direction, definitely keep LMOS on your short list as this looks be a stock that is very well-positioned to soar in the near term.

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