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- The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 33.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- Powered by its strong earnings growth of 266.15% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 37.25% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, CAR should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Road & Rail industry. The net income increased by 241.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $82.00 million to $280.00 million.
- Net operating cash flow has increased to $802.00 million or 40.70% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.52%.
- AVIS BUDGET GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AVIS BUDGET GROUP INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.49 versus $0.35 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.42 versus -$0.49).
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