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Surging Earnings Estimates Signal Upside for Oaktree Specialty Lending (OCSL) Stock

Oaktree Specialty Lending (OCSL) shares have started gaining and might continue moving higher in the near term, as indicated by solid earnings estimat...

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Oaktree Specialty Lending (OCSL) 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.

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Analysts' growing optimism on the earnings prospects of this specialty finance company is driving estimates higher, 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.

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 Oaktree Specialty Lending, 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 $0.15 per share, which is a change of -11.76% from the year-ago reported number.

Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Oaktree Specialty Lending has increased 7.14% because three estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions.

Current-Year Estimate Revisions

For the full year, the company is expected to earn $0.62 per share, representing a year-over-year change of +21.57%.

In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Oaktree Specialty Lending. Over the past month, two estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions, helping the consensus estimate increase 10.71%.

Favorable Zacks Rank

The promising estimate revisions have helped Oaktree Specialty Lending 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.

Bottom Line

Investors have been betting on Oaktree Specialty Lending because of its solid estimate revisions, as evident from the stock's 7.8% 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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