In the latest trading session, Werner Enterprises (WERN) closed at $32.69, marking a -0.73% move from the previous day. This change lagged the S&P 500's 0.15% loss on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.4%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, 0%.
Heading into today, shares of the transportation company had gained 0.58% over the past month, outpacing the Transportation sector's loss of 1.17% and the S&P 500's loss of 1.27% in that time.
WERN will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be February 4, 2019. In that report, analysts expect WERN to post earnings of $0.68 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 61.9%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $650.18 million, up 14.6% from the year-ago period.
WERN's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $2.31 per share and revenue of $2.46 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +81.89% and +16.37%, respectively.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for WERN. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.
Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.
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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 2.78% higher. WERN currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).
Digging into valuation, WERN currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 14.26. This represents a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 15.9.
Meanwhile, WERN's PEG ratio is currently 0.98. 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. WERN's industry had an average PEG ratio of 0.98 as of yesterday's close.
The Transportation - Truck industry is part of the Transportation sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 55, putting it in the top 21% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our 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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