BP (BP) closed the most recent trading day at $38.04, moving -0.18% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.02%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.13%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 0.08%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the oil and gas company had lost 1.35% over the past month. This has lagged the Oils-Energy sector's gain of 4.92% and the S&P 500's gain of 3.81% in that time.
Investors will be hoping for strength from BP as it approaches its next earnings release. On that day, BP is projected to report earnings of $0.66 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 36.54%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $76.29 billion, down 0.77% from the year-ago period.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $2.90 per share and revenue of $282.29 billion, which would represent changes of -23.68% and -7.06%, respectively, from the prior year.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for BP. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. 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.
Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 1.37% lower. BP is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
In terms of valuation, BP is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 13.14. This represents a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 13.26.
Also, we should mention that BP has a PEG ratio of 1.38. 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 Oil and Gas - Integrated - International was holding an average PEG ratio of 2.05 at yesterday's closing price.
The Oil and Gas - Integrated - International industry is part of the Oils-Energy sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 191, which puts it in the bottom 26% 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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