In the latest trading session, Altria (MO - Free Report) closed at $43.85, marking a -1.02% move from the previous day. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 1.3%. At the same time, the Dow added 1.41%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 1.75%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the owner of Philip Morris USA, the nation's largest cigarette maker had lost 4.17% over the past month. This has lagged the Consumer Staples sector's gain of 1.77% and the S&P 500's gain of 0.46% in that time.
MO will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. The company is expected to report EPS of $1.14, up 5.56% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $5.29 billion, down 0.07% from the year-ago period.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $4.17 per share and revenue of $19.71 billion, which would represent changes of +4.51% and +0.42%, respectively, from the prior year.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for MO. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for 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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection remained stagnant. MO is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
Digging into valuation, MO currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 10.61. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 10.68, so we one might conclude that MO is trading at a discount comparatively.
Also, we should mention that MO has a PEG ratio of 1.39. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. The Tobacco industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 1.39 as of yesterday's close.
The Tobacco industry is part of the Consumer Staples sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 25, putting it in the top 10% 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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