Intuit (INTU) 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.
The upward trend in estimate revisions for this maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks and other accounting software reflects growing optimism of analysts on its earnings prospects, 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. 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.
For Intuit, there has been strong agreement among the covering analysts in raising earnings estimates, which has helped push consensus estimates considerably higher for the next quarter and full year.
The chart below shows the evolution of forward 12-month Zacks Consensus EPS estimate:
12 Month EPS
Current-Quarter Estimate Revisions
For the current quarter, the company is expected to earn $0.40 per share, which is a change of -2.44% from the year-ago reported number.
Over the last 30 days, three estimates have moved higher for Intuit while two have gone lower. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased 358.33%.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the company is expected to earn $8.55 per share, representing a year-over-year change of +8.78%.
In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Intuit. Over the past month, nine estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions, helping the consensus estimate increase 7.19%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
The promising estimate revisions have helped Intuit earn 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.
Intuit shares have added 10.8% over the past four weeks, suggesting that investors are betting on its impressive estimate revisions. So, you may consider adding it to your portfolio right away to benefit from its earnings growth prospects.
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