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Arbor Realty Trust (ABR) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

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Arbor Realty Trust (ABR - Free Report) closed at $11.89 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.34% move from the prior day. The stock lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 1.09%. At the same time, the Dow added 1.13%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 1.51%.

Coming into today, shares of the real estate investment trust had lost 0.34% in the past month. In that same time, the Finance sector gained 2.32%, while the S&P 500 gained 1.92%.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from ABR as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be February 22, 2019. In that report, analysts expect ABR to post earnings of $0.27 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 8%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $69.20 million, up 50.27% from the prior-year quarter.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $1.19 per share and revenue of $247.60 million. These totals would mark changes of +14.42% and +58.54%, respectively, from last year.

Any recent changes to analyst estimates for ABR should also be noted by investors. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. 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. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 2.73% higher. ABR is holding a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) right now.

Investors should also note ABR's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 9.96. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 14.6, which means ABR is trading at a discount to the group.

The REIT and Equity Trust - Other industry is part of the Finance sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 149, which puts it in the bottom 42% 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.

You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.




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