Amazon (AMZN) could be a solid choice for investors given the company’s remarkably improving earnings outlook. While the stock has been a strong performer lately, this trend might continue since analysts are still raising their earnings estimates for the company.
The upward trend in estimate revisions for this online retailer 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. This insight is at the core of our stock rating tool — the Zacks Rank.
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 Amazon, as there has been strong agreement among the covering analysts in raising estimates.
Current-Quarter Estimate Revisions
For the current quarter, the company is expected to earn $0.77 per share, which is a change of +266.67% from the year-ago reported number.
Over the last 30 days, 10 estimates have moved higher for Amazon compared to no negative revisions. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased 13.58%.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the earnings estimate of $2.64 per share represents a change of +271.83% from the year-ago number.
There has been an encouraging trend in estimate revisions for the current year as well. Over the past month, 10 estimates have moved up for Amazon versus no negative revisions. This has pushed the consensus estimate 16.36% higher.
Favorable Zacks Rank
The promising estimate revisions have helped Amazon earn 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.
While strong estimate revisions for Amazon have attracted decent investments and pushed the stock 6.7% 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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