Investors might want to bet on MSC Industrial (MSM), as earnings estimates for this company have been showing solid improvement lately. The stock has already gained solid short-term price momentum, and this trend might continue with its still improving earnings outlook.
The upward trend in estimate revisions for this distributor of industrial tools and supplies 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 MSC Industrial, 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
The company is expected to earn $1 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of -31.03%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for MSC Industrial has increased 13.67% over the last 30 days, as five estimates have gone higher compared to no negative revisions.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the company is expected to earn $4.09 per share, representing a year-over-year change of -22.68%.
There has been an encouraging trend in estimate revisions for the current year as well. Over the past month, five estimates have moved up for MSC Industrial versus no negative revisions. This has pushed the consensus estimate 5.79% higher.
Favorable Zacks Rank
Thanks to promising estimate revisions, MSC Industrial currently carries 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.
Investors have been betting on MSC Industrial because of its solid estimate revisions, as evident from the stock's 19.6% 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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