Can Axcelis (ACLS) Run Higher on Rising Earnings Estimates?
Axcelis (ACLS) shares have started gaining and might continue moving higher in the near term, as indicated by solid earnings estimate revisions.
Investors might want to bet on Axcelis Technologies (ACLS), 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 semiconductor services company 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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For Axcelis, 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
The earnings estimate of $0.71 per share for the current quarter represents a change of +121.88% from the number reported a year ago.
Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Axcelis has increased 39.87% because two estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the earnings estimate of $2.46 per share represents a change of +82.22% from the year-ago number.
In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Axcelis. Over the past month, two estimates have moved higher compared to one negative revision, helping the consensus estimate increase 13.73%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
The promising estimate revisions have helped Axcelis 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.
Axcelis shares have added 19.4% 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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