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Bank of Montreal (BMO) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

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In the latest trading session, Bank of Montreal (BMO) closed at $92.05, marking a +1.04% move from the previous day. This change lagged the S&P 500's 1.92% gain on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 2.15%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 0.12%.

Coming into today, shares of the bank had lost 6.73% in the past month. In that same time, the Finance sector lost 1.27%, while the S&P 500 gained 1.54%.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from Bank of Montreal as it approaches its next earnings report date. The company is expected to report EPS of $2.45, down 12.5% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $5.38 billion, down 12.63% from the prior-year quarter.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $10.43 per share and revenue of $21.55 billion. These totals would mark changes of +1.16% and -0.36%, respectively, from last year.

Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for Bank of Montreal. 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.

Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. 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, 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. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant. Bank of Montreal currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Valuation is also important, so investors should note that Bank of Montreal has a Forward P/E ratio of 8.74 right now. This valuation marks a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 7.71.

We can also see that BMO currently has a PEG ratio of 1.22. 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. Banks - Foreign stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 0.74 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Banks - Foreign industry is part of the Finance sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 84, putting it in the top 34% 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.

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