In the latest trading session, Sysco (SYY) closed at $78.45, marking a -1.36% move from the previous day. This change was narrower than the S&P 500's daily loss of 1.71%. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 1.7%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.09%.
Heading into today, shares of the food distributor had lost 6.74% over the past month, lagging the Consumer Staples sector's loss of 6.72% and outpacing the S&P 500's loss of 8.68% in that time.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from Sysco as it approaches its next earnings report date. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.99, up 19.28% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $18.61 billion, up 13.06% from the prior-year quarter.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $4.20 per share and revenue of $75.6 billion, which would represent changes of +29.23% and +10.15%, respectively, from the prior year.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for Sysco. 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.
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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 0.08% lower. Sysco is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Digging into valuation, Sysco currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 18.92. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 17.91, so we one might conclude that Sysco is trading at a premium comparatively.
Meanwhile, SYY's PEG ratio is currently 2.1. 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 Food - Miscellaneous industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 2.56 as of yesterday's close.
The Food - Miscellaneous industry is part of the Consumer Staples sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 166, which puts it in the bottom 35% 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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