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ArcBest (ARCB) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know
In the latest trading session, ArcBest (ARCB - Free Report) closed at $69.69, marking a -0.6% move from the previous day. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.07%. At the same time, the Dow added 0.27%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.02%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the freight transportation and logistics company had lost 7.3% over the past month. This has lagged the Transportation sector's loss of 6.52% and was narrower than the S&P 500's loss of 7.99% in that time.
Investors will be hoping for strength from ArcBest as it approaches its next earnings release. In that report, analysts expect ArcBest to post earnings of $3.88 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 96.95%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $1.36 billion, up 42.9% from the prior-year quarter.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $13.54 per share and revenue of $5.35 billion. These totals would mark changes of +58.92% and +34.32%, respectively, from last year.
Any recent changes to analyst estimates for ArcBest should also be noted by investors. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.
Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 3.04% higher. ArcBest is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
Looking at its valuation, ArcBest is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 5.18. This represents a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 12.26.
Investors should also note that ARCB has a PEG ratio of 0.22 right now. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. Transportation - Truck stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 1.02 based on yesterday's closing prices.
The Transportation - Truck industry is part of the Transportation sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 39, putting it in the top 16% 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.