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Earnings Estimates Moving Higher for Westlake (WLK): Time to Buy?

Westlake (WLK) shares have started gaining and might continue moving higher in the near term, as indicated by solid earnings estimate revisions.

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Investors might want to bet on Westlake Chemical (WLK), 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.

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The upward trend in estimate revisions for this chemical 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.

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.

Consensus earnings estimates for the next quarter and full year have moved considerably higher for Westlake, 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 $3.91 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of +551.67%.

Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Westlake has increased 13.39% because one estimate has moved higher while three have gone lower.

Current-Year Estimate Revisions

For the full year, the company is expected to earn $13.45 per share, representing a year-over-year change of +487.34%.

The revisions trend for the current year also appears quite promising for Westlake, with three estimates moving higher over the past month compared to no negative revisions. The consensus estimate has also received a boost over this time frame, increasing 7.6%.

Favorable Zacks Rank

Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Westlake currently carries 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.

Bottom Line

While strong estimate revisions for Westlake have attracted decent investments and pushed the stock 22.3% higher over the past four weeks, further upside may still be left in the stock. So, you may consider adding it to your portfolio right away.



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