AeroVironment (AVAV) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

AeroVironment (AVAV) closed at $89.95 in the latest trading session, marking a +1.11% move from the prior day. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily loss of 1.73%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 1.19%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 2.07%.

Coming into today, shares of the maker of unmanned aircrafts had lost 19.49% in the past month. In that same time, the Aerospace sector lost 8.81%, while the S&P 500 lost 7.09%.

AVAV will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be December 4, 2018. In that report, analysts expect AVAV to post earnings of $0.16 per share. This would mark a year-over-year decline of 44.83%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $74.83 million, up 1.35% from the prior-year quarter.

AVAV's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $1.36 per share and revenue of $307.72 million. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +25.93% and +2.95%, respectively.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for AVAV. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. 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.

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 remained stagnant. AVAV is currently a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Digging into valuation, AVAV currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 65.65. This represents a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 19.1.

Meanwhile, AVAV's PEG ratio is currently 3.28. 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. AVAV's industry had an average PEG ratio of 2.2 as of yesterday's close.

The Aerospace - Defense Equipment industry is part of the Aerospace sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 40, putting it in the top 16% 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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