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General Mills (GIS) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

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In the latest trading session, General Mills (GIS) closed at $54.53, marking a -1.91% move from the previous day. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.03%. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 0.28%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 0.04%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods had gained 2.43% over the past month. This has outpaced the Consumer Staples sector's gain of 1.41% and the S&P 500's gain of 2.25% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from GIS as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be September 18, 2019. In that report, analysts expect GIS to post earnings of $0.77 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 8.45%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $4.09 billion, down 0.05% from the prior-year quarter.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $3.37 per share and revenue of $17.42 billion. These totals would mark changes of +4.66% and +3.3%, respectively, from last year.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for GIS. 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. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant within the past month. GIS is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Looking at its valuation, GIS is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 16.5. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 20.12.

It is also worth noting that GIS currently has a PEG ratio of 2.36. 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 Food - Miscellaneous was holding an average PEG ratio of 2.56 at yesterday's closing price.

The Food - Miscellaneous industry is part of the Consumer Staples sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 175, which puts it in the bottom 32% 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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