Celanese (CE - Free Report) closed at $104.92 in the latest trading session, marking a -1.31% move from the prior day. This change lagged the S&P 500's 0.25% loss on the day. At the same time, the Dow added 0.04%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.53%.
Heading into today, shares of the chemical company had gained 5.79% over the past month, outpacing the Basic Materials sector's loss of 2.37% and the S&P 500's loss of 2.35% in that time.
CE will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be January 24, 2019. The company is expected to report EPS of $2.42, up 22.22% from the prior-year quarter. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $1.74 billion, up 9.17% from the year-ago period.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $11.06 per share and revenue of $7.20 billion, which would represent changes of +47.27% and +17.32%, respectively, from the prior year.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for CE. 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.
Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. 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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 2.82% higher. CE is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).
Digging into valuation, CE currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 9.61. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 16.84.
It is also worth noting that CE currently has a PEG ratio of 0.96. 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 Chemical - Specialty industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 1.42 as of yesterday's close.
The Chemical - Specialty industry is part of the Basic Materials sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 230, putting it in the bottom 11% 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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