Cigna (CI - Free Report) closed at $209.99 in the latest trading session, marking a -1.89% move from the prior day. This change was narrower than the S&P 500's 3.29% loss on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 3.15%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 4.08%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the health insurer had gained 15.78% over the past month. This has outpaced the Finance sector's loss of 0.09% and the S&P 500's gain of 0.44% in that time.
CI will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be November 1, 2018. The company is expected to report EPS of $3.45, up 21.91% from the prior-year quarter. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $11.22 billion, up 9.28% from the year-ago period.
CI's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $13.87 per share and revenue of $45.39 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +32.6% and +9.68%, respectively.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for CI. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.
Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.
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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 0.03% lower. CI is holding a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now.
In terms of valuation, CI is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 15.44. This valuation marks a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 11.97.
Investors should also note that CI has a PEG ratio of 1.26 right now. 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. The Insurance - Multi line was holding an average PEG ratio of 1.25 at yesterday's closing price.
The Insurance - Multi line industry is part of the Finance sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 49, which puts it in the top 19% 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.
You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.