Activision Blizzard (ATVI - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $46.84, moving -0.95% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 1.07%. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 0.65%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 1.71%.
Heading into today, shares of the maker of "Call of Duty" and other video games had gained 0.45% over the past month, lagging the Consumer Discretionary sector's gain of 1.72% and outpacing the S&P 500's loss of 0.58% in that time.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from ATVI as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be February 12, 2019. The company is expected to report EPS of $1.30, up 38.3% from the prior-year quarter. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $3.05 billion, up 15.59% from the year-ago period.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for ATVI. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-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. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant within the past month. ATVI is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Investors should also note ATVI's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 17.42. This represents a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 19.79.
Meanwhile, ATVI's PEG ratio is currently 1.35. 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 Toys - Games - Hobbies was holding an average PEG ratio of 1.4 at yesterday's closing price.
The Toys - Games - Hobbies industry is part of the Consumer Discretionary sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 53, putting it in the top 21% of all 250+ industries.
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