In the latest trading session, AbbVie (ABBV - Free Report) closed at $84.93, marking a -0.79% move from the previous day. This change was narrower than the S&P 500's daily loss of 2.08%. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 2.11%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 2.27%.
Heading into today, shares of the drugmaker had lost 5.03% over the past month, lagging the Medical sector's loss of 1.48% and the S&P 500's loss of 3.6% in that time.
ABBV will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be January 25, 2019. On that day, ABBV is projected to report earnings of $1.92 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 29.73%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $8.36 billion, up 8.07% from the year-ago period.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $7.93 per share and revenue of $32.78 billion. These totals would mark changes of +41.61% and +16.17%, respectively, from last year.
Any recent changes to analyst estimates for ABBV should also be noted by investors. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.
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.
The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant. ABBV is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
Investors should also note ABBV's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 10.79. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 14.42, which means ABBV is trading at a discount to the group.
We can also see that ABBV currently has a PEG ratio of 0.8. 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 Large Cap Pharmaceuticals was holding an average PEG ratio of 2.04 at yesterday's closing price.
The Large Cap Pharmaceuticals industry is part of the Medical sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 62, which puts it in the top 24% 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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