In the latest trading session, JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Free Report) closed at $105.19, marking a -1.9% move from the previous day. 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 biggest U.S. bank by assets had lost 3.81% over the past month. This has lagged the Finance sector's loss of 2.02% and the S&P 500's loss of 1.1% in that time.
Investors will be hoping for strength from JPM as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be January 11, 2019. In that report, analysts expect JPM to post earnings of $2.24 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 27.27%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $27.10 billion, up 12.19% from the year-ago period.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $9.26 per share and revenue of $109.73 billion. These totals would mark changes of +34.79% and +10.14%, respectively, from last year.
Any recent changes to analyst estimates for JPM should also be noted by investors. 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.
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. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant within the past month. JPM is currently a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Digging into valuation, JPM currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 11.58. This valuation marks a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 11.12.
It is also worth noting that JPM currently has a PEG ratio of 1.74. 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. The Banks - Major Regional industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 1.12 as of yesterday's close.
The Banks - Major Regional industry is part of the Finance sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 101, putting it in the top 39% 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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