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Western Digital (WDC) Moves 5.2% Higher: Will This Strength Last?

Western Digital (WDC) saw its shares surge in the last session with trading volume being higher than average. The latest trend in earnings estimate revisions may not translate into further...

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Western Digital WDC shares ended the last trading session 5.2% higher at $66.13. The jump came on an impressive volume with a higher-than-average number of shares changing hands in the session. This compares to the stock's 8.6% gain over the past four weeks.

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The upswing in share price can be attributed to Western Digital competitor Samsung's decision to adjust production due to coronavirus-induced lockdown in Xi'an China. Western Digital is also riding on higher demand from cloud customers and recovering enterprise markets.

This maker of hard drives for businesses and personal computers is expected to post quarterly earnings of $2.13 per share in its upcoming report, which represents a year-over-year change of +208.7%. Revenues are expected to be $4.8 billion, up 21.8% from the year-ago quarter.

Earnings and revenue growth expectations certainly give a good sense of the potential strength in a stock, but empirical research shows that trends in earnings estimate revisions are strongly correlated with near-term stock price movements.

For Western Digital, the consensus EPS estimate for the quarter has remained unchanged over the last 30 days. And a stock's price usually doesn't keep moving higher in the absence of any trend in earnings estimate revisions. So, make sure to keep an eye on WDC going forward to see if this recent jump can turn into more strength down the road.

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