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Can Westlake Chemical (WLK) Run Higher on Strong Earnings Estimate Revisions?


Westlake Chemical Corporation WLK is a vertically integrated international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and fabricated products that could be an interesting play for investors. That is because, not only does the stock have decent short-term momentum, but it is seeing solid activity on the earnings estimate revision front as well.

These positive earnings estimate revisions suggest that analysts are becoming more optimistic on WLK’s earnings for the coming quarter and year. In fact, consensus estimates have moved sharply higher for both of these time frames over the past four weeks, suggesting that Westlake Chemical could be a solid choice for investors.

Current Quarter Estimates for WLK

In the past 30 days, three estimates have gone higher for Westlake Chemical while none have gone lower in the same time period. The trend has been pretty favorable too, with estimates increasing from $1.44 a share 30 days ago, to $1.62 today, a move of 12.5%.

Current Year Estimates for WLK

Meanwhile, Westlake Chemical’s current year figures are also looking quite promising, with five estimates moving higher in the past month, compared to none lower. The consensus estimate trend has also seen a boost for this time frame, increasing from $4.84 per share 30 days ago to $5.24 per share today, an increase of 8.3%.

Westlake Chemical Corporation Price and Consensus

Bottom Line

The stock has also started to move higher lately, adding 11% over the past four weeks, suggesting that investors are starting to take note of this impressive story. So investors may definitely want to consider this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock to profit in the near future. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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