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Werner Enterprises (WERN) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

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Werner Enterprises (WERN) closed the most recent trading day at $33.70, moving +1.72% from the previous trading session. This change outpaced the S&P 500's 0.3% gain on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow 0%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 0.92%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the transportation company had lost 2.27% over the past month. This has was narrower than the Transportation sector's loss of 2.53% and the S&P 500's loss of 4.37% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from WERN as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be February 4, 2019. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.68, up 61.9% from the prior-year quarter. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $650.18 million, up 14.6% from the year-ago period.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $2.32 per share and revenue of $2.46 billion. These totals would mark changes of +82.68% and +16.37%, respectively, from last year.

Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for WERN. 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. 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 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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 1.35% higher. WERN currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

Looking at its valuation, WERN is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 14.31. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 14.81, so we one might conclude that WERN is trading at a discount comparatively.

We can also see that WERN currently has a PEG ratio of 0.99. 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. Transportation - Truck stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 0.99 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Transportation - Truck industry is part of the Transportation sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 49, which puts it in the top 19% 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.

You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.

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