Walmart (WMT - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $94.77, moving -1.09% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's 0.15% loss on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 0.32%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.42%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the world's largest retailer had lost 8.16% over the past month. This has lagged the Retail-Wholesale sector's loss of 0.44% and the S&P 500's loss of 1.1% in that time.
WMT will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be February 19, 2019. The company is expected to report EPS of $1.32, down 0.75% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $139.30 billion, up 2.23% from the prior-year quarter.
WMT's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $4.80 per share and revenue of $514.62 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +8.6% and +2.85%, respectively.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for WMT. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, 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 0.85% higher. WMT is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Investors should also note WMT's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 19.95. This represents a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 15.23.
Investors should also note that WMT has a PEG ratio of 3.91 right now. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. Retail - Supermarkets stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 2.14 based on yesterday's closing prices.
The Retail - Supermarkets industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 185, which puts it in the bottom 28% 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.
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