AbbVie (ABBV - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $93.11, moving -1.54% from the previous trading session. This move was narrower than the S&P 500's daily loss of 3.29%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 3.15%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 4.08%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the drugmaker had gained 1.49% over the past month. This has outpaced the Medical sector's loss of 1.22% and the S&P 500's gain of 0.44% in that time.
Investors will be hoping for strength from ABBV as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be November 2, 2018. On that day, ABBV is projected to report earnings of $2.01 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 42.55%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $8.21 billion, up 17.37% from the prior-year quarter.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $7.86 per share and revenue of $32.91 billion, which would represent changes of +40.36% and +16.64%, respectively, from the prior year.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for ABBV. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-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. 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.
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. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0% higher within the past month. ABBV is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Valuation is also important, so investors should note that ABBV has a Forward P/E ratio of 12.03 right now. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 16.61.
We can also see that ABBV currently has a PEG ratio of 0.93. 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 Large Cap Pharmaceuticals was holding an average PEG ratio of 1.99 at yesterday's closing price.
The Large Cap Pharmaceuticals industry is part of the Medical sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 21, which puts it in the top 8% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank includes is listed in order from best to worst in terms of the average Zacks Rank of the individual companies within each of these sectors. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.
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