3M (MMM - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $198.69, moving -0.91% from the previous trading session. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.3%. At the same time, the Dow 0%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.92%.
Heading into today, shares of the maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics had gained 4.13% over the past month, outpacing the Conglomerates sector's loss of 8.44% and the S&P 500's loss of 4.37% in that time.
MMM will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be January 24, 2019. On that day, MMM is projected to report earnings of $2.28 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 8.57%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $7.99 billion, unchanged from the prior-year quarter.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $9.95 per share and revenue of $32.85 billion, which would represent changes of +8.51% and +3.78%, respectively, from the prior year.
Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for MMM. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.
Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. 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. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 3.16% lower. MMM currently has a Zacks Rank of #4 (Sell).
Digging into valuation, MMM currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 20.15. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 17.06, which means MMM is trading at a premium to the group.
Also, we should mention that MMM has a PEG ratio of 1.98. 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 Diversified Operations was holding an average PEG ratio of 1.84 at yesterday's closing price.
The Diversified Operations industry is part of the Conglomerates sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 104, putting it in the top 40% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our 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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