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Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

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Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) closed the most recent trading day at $87.23, moving +1.79% from the previous trading session. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 1.83%. At the same time, the Dow added 1.4%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.09%.

Coming into today, shares of the agribusiness giant had gained 3.43% in the past month. In that same time, the Consumer Staples sector lost 3.95%, while the S&P 500 lost 5.51%.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from Archer Daniels Midland as it approaches its next earnings report date. The company is expected to report EPS of $1.37, up 41.24% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $23.03 billion, up 13.22% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $6.83 per share and revenue of $98.51 billion, which would represent changes of +31.6% and +15.56%, respectively, from the prior year.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for Archer Daniels Midland. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.

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 remained stagnant within the past month. Archer Daniels Midland is holding a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) right now.

Digging into valuation, Archer Daniels Midland currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 12.55. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 23.36, so we one might conclude that Archer Daniels Midland is trading at a discount comparatively.

Investors should also note that ADM has a PEG ratio of 1.8 right now. 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 Agriculture - Operations industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 2.34 as of yesterday's close.

The Agriculture - Operations industry is part of the Consumer Staples sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 165, putting it in the bottom 35% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual 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.

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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