Macy's (M) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know
Macy's (M) closed at $24.12 in the latest trading session, marking a -1.39% move from the prior day. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.61%. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 0.1%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.67%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the department store operator had gained 10.53% over the past month. This has lagged the Retail-Wholesale sector's gain of 10.67% and outpaced the S&P 500's gain of 8.32% in that time.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from Macy's as it approaches its next earnings report date. On that day, Macy's is projected to report earnings of $1.60 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 34.69%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $8.2 billion, down 5.32% from the year-ago period.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for Macy's. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.
Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. 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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 4.42% lower. Macy's is holding a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now.
Investors should also note Macy's's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 6.51. This represents a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 10.83.
Also, we should mention that M has a PEG ratio of 0.54. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. The Retail - Regional Department Stores was holding an average PEG ratio of 0.95 at yesterday's closing price.
The Retail - Regional Department Stores industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 106, putting it in the top 43% 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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