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Comcast (CMCSA) Stock Moves -1.26%: What You Should Know

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Comcast (CMCSA) closed the most recent trading day at $35.94, moving -1.26% from the previous trading session. This change was narrower than the S&P 500's 1.44% loss on the day. At the same time, the Dow lost 1.27%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 2.06%.

Heading into today, shares of the cable provider had lost 2.47% over the past month, lagging the Consumer Discretionary sector's loss of 2.12% and outpacing the S&P 500's loss of 2.61% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from CMCSA as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be October 25, 2018. In that report, analysts expect CMCSA to post earnings of $0.61 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 17.31%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $21.75 billion, up 3.66% from the year-ago period.

CMCSA's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $2.54 per share and revenue of $89.62 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +23.3% and +6.03%, respectively.

Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for CMCSA. 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.

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 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 has moved 0.5% lower. CMCSA is holding a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now.

Investors should also note CMCSA's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 14.31. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 18.08, so we one might conclude that CMCSA is trading at a discount comparatively.

We can also see that CMCSA currently has a PEG ratio of 1.14. 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 Cable Television industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 3.25 as of yesterday's close.

The Cable Television industry is part of the Consumer Discretionary sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 20, which puts it in the top 8% 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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