Bear of the Day: Pfizer Inc. (PFE)

The Zacks Medical sector has struggled in 2023, down roughly 5% YTD and underperforming relative to the S&P 500.

One stock residing in the realm, Pfizer PFE, has seen its near-term outlook shift negative over the last several months, pushing the stock down into a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

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Pfizer is a multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporation headquartered in New York City, well-known for its COVID-19 vaccine. How does the company currently stack up? Let’s take a closer look.

Share Performance

PFE shares have been in a downward trend throughout 2023, losing more than 20% in value and widely underperforming relative to the S&P 500.

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And over the last six months, PFE shares have again lagged behind the general market, losing 6% in value compared to the S&P 500’s 9% gain. The adverse price action indicates that sellers have been in control with no meaningful buying yet to step up.

Quarterly Performance

Pfizer has consistently posted better-than-expected results recently, exceeding earnings and revenue estimates in three consecutive quarters. Just in its latest release, the pharmaceutical titan penciled in a 10% bottom line beat and reported sales marginally above expectations.

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However, the market wasn’t impressed with the recent double-beat, sending shares downward post-earnings. This is illustrated by the green arrow circled in the chart below.

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Pfizer shares do pay a solid dividend, currently yielding 4.1% annually. As we can see, the current yield is more than double the average of the Zacks Medical sector.

Over the last five years, PFE’s payout has grown by roughly 4%.

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Bottom Line

Weak share performance and negative earnings estimate revisions from analysts paint a challenging picture for the company’s shares in the near term.

Pfizer PFE is a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell), indicating that analysts have taken a bearish stance on the company’s earnings outlook over the last several months.

For those seeking strong stocks, a great idea would be to focus on stocks carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) – these stocks sport a notably stronger earnings outlook paired with the potential to deliver explosive gains in the near term.

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