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Weight Watchers International (WTW) Stock Moves -0.21%: What You Should Know

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Cohen & Steers (CNS) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.

In the latest trading session, Weight Watchers International (WTW) closed at $65.43, marking a -0.21% move from the previous day. This change was narrower than the S&P 500's 1.73% loss on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 1.19%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 2.07%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the weight-loss program operator had lost 6.82% over the past month. This has was narrower than the Consumer Discretionary sector's loss of 8.57% and the S&P 500's loss of 7.09% in that time.

WTW will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be November 1, 2018. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.99, up 52.31% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $379.67 million, up 17.29% from the year-ago period.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $2.98 per share and revenue of $1.56 billion. These totals would mark changes of +80.61% and +19.7%, respectively, from last year.

Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for WTW. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, 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 0.04% lower. WTW is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Valuation is also important, so investors should note that WTW has a Forward P/E ratio of 22.03 right now. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 17.06, so we one might conclude that WTW is trading at a premium comparatively.

It is also worth noting that WTW currently has a PEG ratio of 0.98. 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. Consumer Services - Miscellaneous stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 1.28 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Consumer Services - Miscellaneous industry is part of the Consumer Discretionary sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 91, which puts it in the top 36% 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.

Make sure to utilize Zacks. Com to follow all of these stock-moving metrics, and more, in the coming trading sessions.


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