TravelCenters of America (TA) could be a solid addition to your portfolio given a notable revision in the company's earnings estimates. While the stock has been gaining lately, the trend might continue since its earnings outlook is still improving.
The upward trend in estimate revisions for this truck-stop operator 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 -- has this insight at its core.
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Consensus earnings estimates for the next quarter and full year have moved considerably higher for TravelCenters, 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
For the current quarter, the company is expected to earn $1.69 per share, which is a change of +11.18% from the year-ago reported number.
Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for TravelCenters has increased 45.69% because one estimate has moved higher compared to no negative revisions.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
The company is expected to earn $7.56 per share for the full year, which represents a change of +83.94% from the prior-year number.
There has been an encouraging trend in estimate revisions for the current year as well. Over the past month, one estimate has moved up for TravelCenters versus no negative revisions. This has pushed the consensus estimate 113.56% higher.
Favorable Zacks Rank
The promising estimate revisions have helped TravelCenters earn a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong 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.
Investors have been betting on TravelCenters because of its solid estimate revisions, as evident from the stock's 50.1% gain over the past four weeks. As its earnings growth prospects might push the stock higher, you may consider adding it to your portfolio right away.
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