Workday (WDAY - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $145.87, moving -0.08% from the previous trading session. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.36%. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 0.73%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.11%.
Heading into today, shares of the maker of human resources software had lost 5.09% over the past month, lagging the Computer and Technology sector's loss of 0.17% and the S&P 500's gain of 0.73% in that time.
WDAY will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be December 5, 2018. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.15, down 37.5% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $723.09 million, up 30.19% from the year-ago period.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $1.07 per share and revenue of $2.77 billion, which would represent changes of +3.88% and +29.29%, respectively, from the prior year.
Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for WDAY. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. 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. 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. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 45.05% lower within the past month. WDAY is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Looking at its valuation, WDAY is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 136.28. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 71.73, so we one might conclude that WDAY is trading at a premium comparatively.
It is also worth noting that WDAY currently has a PEG ratio of 5.1. 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. The Internet - Software was holding an average PEG ratio of 4.22 at yesterday's closing price.
The Internet - Software industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 77, putting it in the top 30% 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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