Investors might want to bet on Intel (INTC), 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.
Analysts’ growing optimism on the earnings prospects of this world’s largest chipmaker 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.
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For Intel, 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 $1.11 per share, which is a change of -23.45% from the year-ago reported number.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Intel has increased 14.39% over the last 30 days, as 10 estimates have gone higher compared to no negative revisions.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the company is expected to earn $4.95 per share, representing a year-over-year change of -6.6%.
In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Intel. Over the past month, 12 estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions, helping the consensus estimate increase 6.15%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
The promising estimate revisions have helped Intel 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.
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Investors have been betting on Intel because of its solid estimate revisions, as evident from the stock’s 9.9% 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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