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Cowen Group (COWN) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

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Cowen Group (COWN - Free Report) closed at $43.67 in the latest trading session, marking a +1.21% move from the prior day. This change outpaced the S&P 500's 0.58% gain on the day.

Coming into today, shares of the financial services company had gained 8.96% in the past month. In that same time, the Finance sector lost 0.7%, while the S&P 500 gained 2.17%.

Investors will be hoping for strength from COWN as it approaches its next earnings release. The company is expected to report EPS of $1.49, down 73.81% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $351.94 million, down 37.01% from the year-ago period.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $8.82 per share and revenue of $1.75 billion. These totals would mark changes of -22.43% and +12.69%, respectively, from last year.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for COWN. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.

The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant within the past month. COWN is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #5 (Strong Sell).

Digging into valuation, COWN currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 4.89. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 11.41, so we one might conclude that COWN is trading at a discount comparatively.

The Financial - Investment Bank industry is part of the Finance sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 110, which puts it in the top 44% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.


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