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NextEra Energy (NEE) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know
In the latest trading session, NextEra Energy (NEE - Free Report) closed at $75.36, marking a -0.8% move from the previous day. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 1.3%. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 0.98%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 7.48%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the parent company of Florida Power & Light Co. Had lost 0.13% over the past month. This has was narrower than the Utilities sector's loss of 1.43% and the S&P 500's loss of 2.95% in that time.
NextEra Energy will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.78, up 5.41% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $5.92 billion, up 104.96% from the year-ago period.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $3.12 per share and revenue of $26.52 billion. These totals would mark changes of +7.59% and +26.56%, respectively, from last year.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for NextEra Energy. 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.
The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 0.05% higher. NextEra Energy is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
In terms of valuation, NextEra Energy is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 24.38. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 17.26, which means NextEra Energy is trading at a premium to the group.
Meanwhile, NEE's PEG ratio is currently 2.7. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. NEE's industry had an average PEG ratio of 2.91 as of yesterday's close.
The Utility - Electric Power industry is part of the Utilities sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 97, putting it in the top 39% 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.