In the latest trading session, Abbott (ABT - Free Report) closed at $78.24, marking a +0.55% move from the previous day. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.3%. At the same time, the Dow lost 0.38%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.44%.
Coming into today, shares of the maker of infant formula, medical devices and drugs had gained 5.81% in the past month. In that same time, the Medical sector gained 2.07%, while the S&P 500 gained 2.91%.
Investors will be hoping for strength from ABT as it approaches its next earnings release. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.61, up 3.39% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $7.48 billion, up 1.17% from the prior-year quarter.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $3.20 per share and revenue of $31.80 billion. These totals would mark changes of +11.11% and +4.01%, respectively, from last year.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for ABT. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of 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. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an 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. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant within the past month. ABT is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
Investors should also note ABT's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 24.32. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 25.01.
Also, we should mention that ABT has a PEG ratio of 2.07. 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 Medical - Products was holding an average PEG ratio of 2.31 at yesterday's closing price.
The Medical - Products industry is part of the Medical sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 75, putting it in the top 30% 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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