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Ladder Capital (LADR) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

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In the latest trading session, Ladder Capital (LADR) closed at $15.31, marking a +0.66% move from the previous day. The stock outpaced the S&P 500's daily loss of 2.06%. At the same time, the Dow lost 1.81%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 2.99%.

Heading into today, shares of the commercial real estate mortgage origination and finance company had lost 11.93% over the past month, lagging the Finance sector's loss of 7.42% and the S&P 500's loss of 6.47% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from LADR as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be February 26, 2019. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.43, down 8.51% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $76.29 million, down 39.5% from the prior-year quarter.

LADR's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $1.93 per share and revenue of $380.17 million. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +25.32% and +25.05%, respectively.

Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for LADR. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.

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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection remained stagnant. LADR currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

Investors should also note LADR's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 7.89. This represents a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 8.31.

The REIT and Equity Trust industry is part of the Finance sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 46, which puts it in the top 18% 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.

You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.


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