In the latest trading session, JB Hunt (JBHT) closed at $175.05, marking a -0.35% move from the previous day. This change was narrower than the S&P 500's 1.1% loss on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 0.96%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.13%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the trucking and logistics company had lost 3.24% over the past month. This has lagged the Transportation sector's loss of 0.37% and the S&P 500's loss of 2.28% in that time.
JB Hunt will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. On that day, JB Hunt is projected to report earnings of $2.43 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 29.26%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $3.75 billion, up 19.33% from the year-ago period.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $9.58 per share and revenue of $14.83 billion, which would represent changes of +34.17% and +21.89%, respectively, from the prior year.
Any recent changes to analyst estimates for JB Hunt should also be noted by investors. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-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.
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. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.14% higher. JB Hunt is currently a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Looking at its valuation, JB Hunt is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 18.34. This represents a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 10.4.
It is also worth noting that JBHT 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. JBHT's industry had an average PEG ratio of 1.06 as of yesterday's close.
The Transportation - Truck industry is part of the Transportation sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 9, putting it in the top 4% 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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