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LyondellBasell (LYB) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know

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LyondellBasell (LYB) closed the most recent trading day at $83.60, moving -1.16% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.3%. At the same time, the Dow lost 0.46%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.28%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the oil refiner and chemical company had lost 12.02% over the past month. This has was narrower than the Basic Materials sector's loss of 17.94% and lagged the S&P 500's gain of 1.51% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from LyondellBasell as it approaches its next earnings release. On that day, LyondellBasell is projected to report earnings of $4.86 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 20.72%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $14.35 billion, up 24.1% from the year-ago period.

LYB's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $17.54 per share and revenue of $53.14 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of -3.57% and +15.09%, respectively.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for LyondellBasell. 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.

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. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.87% lower. LyondellBasell is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Investors should also note LyondellBasell's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 4.82. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 9.02, which means LyondellBasell is trading at a discount to the group.

Investors should also note that LYB has a PEG ratio of 0.6 right now. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. LYB's industry had an average PEG ratio of 0.96 as of yesterday's close.

The Chemical - Diversified industry is part of the Basic Materials sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 188, which puts it in the bottom 26% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank includes is listed in order from best to worst in terms of the average Zacks Rank of the individual companies within each of these sectors. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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