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Toyota Motor Corporation (TM) Stock Moves -1.3%: What You Should Know

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TM - Free Report) closed at $186.30 in the latest trading session, marking a -1.3% move from the prior day. This change was narrower than the S&P 500's 1.64% loss on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 1.08%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 1.82%.

Heading into today, shares of the company had gained 13.77% over the past month, outpacing the Auto-Tires-Trucks sector's gain of 12.56% and the S&P 500's gain of 0.89% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from Toyota Motor Corporation as it approaches its next earnings release. The company is expected to report EPS of $3.34, up 45.22% from the prior-year quarter. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $72.69 billion, up 8.88% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $16.90 per share and revenue of $303.73 billion, which would represent changes of +27.26% and +11.96%, respectively, from the prior year.

Any recent changes to analyst estimates for Toyota Motor Corporation should also be noted by investors. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for 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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection remained stagnant. Toyota Motor Corporation is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Looking at its valuation, Toyota Motor Corporation is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 11.17. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 7.25, so we one might conclude that Toyota Motor Corporation is trading at a premium comparatively.

Also, we should mention that TM has a PEG ratio of 0.55. 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. The Automotive - Foreign was holding an average PEG ratio of 0.57 at yesterday's closing price.

The Automotive - Foreign industry is part of the Auto-Tires-Trucks sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 100, which puts it in the top 40% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual 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.

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