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Kroger (KR) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

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In the latest trading session, Kroger (KR - Free Report) closed at $23.05, marking a -0.11% move from the previous day. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 1.5%. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 1.48%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 1.95%.

Heading into today, shares of the supermarket chain had gained 4.48% over the past month, outpacing the Retail-Wholesale sector's loss of 6.26% and the S&P 500's loss of 4.19% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from KR as it approaches its next earnings report date. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.42, up 2.44% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $28.42 billion, up 1.98% from the prior-year quarter.

KR's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $2.17 per share and revenue of $122.88 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +2.84% and +1.41%, respectively.

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

Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. 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 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 has moved 0.15% lower within the past month. KR is holding a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now.

Valuation is also important, so investors should note that KR has a Forward P/E ratio of 10.61 right now. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 12.56.

We can also see that KR currently has a PEG ratio of 1.63. 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. Retail - Supermarkets stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 2.02 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Retail - Supermarkets industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 99, putting it in the top 39% 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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