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Pfizer (PFE) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

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Pfizer (PFE - Free Report) closed at $41.96 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.55% move from the prior day. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.7%. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 0.58%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 0.69%.

Coming into today, shares of the drugmaker had lost 0.33% in the past month. In that same time, the Medical sector gained 1.59%, while the S&P 500 gained 1.95%.

Investors will be hoping for strength from PFE as it approaches its next earnings release. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.78, up 1.3% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $12.86 billion, down 0.32% from the year-ago period.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $2.86 per share and revenue of $52.90 billion. These totals would mark changes of -4.67% and -1.38%, respectively, from last year.

Any recent changes to analyst estimates for PFE should also be noted by investors. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. 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. 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, 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. PFE currently has a Zacks Rank of #4 (Sell).

Valuation is also important, so investors should note that PFE has a Forward P/E ratio of 14.57 right now. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 15.19.

It is also worth noting that PFE currently has a PEG ratio of 2.39. 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 2.1 at yesterday's closing price.

The Large Cap Pharmaceuticals industry is part of the Medical sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 148, putting it in the bottom 42% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank includes is listed in order from best to worst in terms of the average Zacks Rank of the individual companies within each of these sectors. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

Make sure to utilize Zacks. Com to follow all of these stock-moving metrics, and more, in the coming trading sessions.




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