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Lockheed Martin (LMT) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know

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Lockheed Martin (LMT - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $308.71, moving -0.32% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.06%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.1%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 0.1%.

Coming into today, shares of the aerospace and defense company had gained 3.75% in the past month. In that same time, the Aerospace sector gained 2.56%, while the S&P 500 gained 4.3%.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from LMT as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be April 23, 2019. In that report, analysts expect LMT to post earnings of $4.29 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 6.72%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $12.65 billion, up 8.69% from the year-ago period.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $19.46 per share and revenue of $56.82 billion. These totals would mark changes of +10.63% and +5.68%, respectively, from last year.

Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for LMT. 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.

Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.

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. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.22% higher. LMT currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Looking at its valuation, LMT is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 15.92. This valuation marks a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 14.94.

Meanwhile, LMT's PEG ratio is currently 2.29. 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. LMT's industry had an average PEG ratio of 1.62 as of yesterday's close.

The Aerospace - Defense industry is part of the Aerospace sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 77, putting it in the top 31% 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.

You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.




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