In the latest trading session, AbbVie (ABBV - Free Report) closed at $97.30, marking a -0.84% move from the previous day. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.03%. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 0.06%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.15%.
Coming into today, shares of the drugmaker had gained 7.18% in the past month. In that same time, the Medical sector gained 4.54%, while the S&P 500 gained 2.98%.
Investors will be hoping for strength from ABBV as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be October 26, 2018. The company is expected to report EPS of $2.01, up 42.55% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $8.20 billion, up 17.19% from the prior-year quarter.
ABBV's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $7.85 per share and revenue of $32.83 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +40.18% and +16.35%, respectively.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for ABBV. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. 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. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.
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. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.23% higher within the past month. ABBV currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
Digging into valuation, ABBV currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 12.49. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 16.23, which means ABBV is trading at a discount to the group.
Also, we should mention that ABBV has a PEG ratio of 0.89. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but this metric also takes the company's expected earnings growth rate into account. Large Cap Pharmaceuticals stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 2.06 based on yesterday's closing prices.
The Large Cap Pharmaceuticals industry is part of the Medical sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 82, which puts it in the top 32% 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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