Wells Fargo (WFC) closed the most recent trading day at $47.15, moving -0.99% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.09%. At the same time, the Dow added 0.26%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.17%.
Coming into today, shares of the biggest U.S. mortgage lender had gained 2.63% in the past month. In that same time, the Finance sector gained 2.59%, while the S&P 500 gained 4.92%.
Investors will be hoping for strength from WFC as it approaches its next earnings release. The company is expected to report EPS of $1.19, up 5.31% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $20.79 billion, down 5.25% from the prior-year quarter.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $4.80 per share and revenue of $83.54 billion. These totals would mark changes of +12.15% and -3.32%, respectively, from last year.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for WFC. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.
Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.
Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant. WFC is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Investors should also note WFC's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 9.93. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 10.75.
We can also see that WFC currently has a PEG ratio of 0.93. 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. The Banks - Major Regional was holding an average PEG ratio of 1.32 at yesterday's closing price.
The Banks - Major Regional industry is part of the Finance sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 219, putting it in the bottom 15% 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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