Altria (MO - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $51.37, moving +1.06% from the previous trading session. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.04%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.1%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 0.05%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the owner of Philip Morris USA, the nation's largest cigarette maker had gained 8.31% over the past month. This has outpaced the Consumer Staples sector's gain of 2.74% and the S&P 500's gain of 2.48% in that time.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from MO as it approaches its next earnings report date. The company is expected to report EPS of $1.01, up 6.32% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $4.85 billion, up 1.36% from the year-ago period.
MO's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $4.21 per share and revenue of $19.87 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +5.51% and +1.22%, respectively.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for MO. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for 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.
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. MO is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
Looking at its valuation, MO is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 12.09. This represents a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 12.65.
We can also see that MO currently has a PEG ratio of 1.89. 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. The Tobacco was holding an average PEG ratio of 1.89 at yesterday's closing price.
The Tobacco industry is part of the Consumer Staples sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 175, putting it in the bottom 32% 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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