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Cigna (CI) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

Cigna (CI) closed the most recent trading day at $193.30, moving +0.65% from the previous trading session. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily loss of 1.54%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 1.49%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 2.17%.

Heading into today, shares of the health insurer had lost 7.57% over the past month, outpacing the Finance sector's loss of 7.86% and lagging the S&P 500's loss of 6.77% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from CI as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be February 7, 2019. On that day, CI is projected to report earnings of $2.52 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 29.9%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $11.35 billion, up 8.02% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $14.35 per share and revenue of $45.68 billion, which would represent changes of +37.19% and +10.4%, respectively, from the prior year.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for CI. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. 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.

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 remained stagnant. CI is holding a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) right now.

Valuation is also important, so investors should note that CI has a Forward P/E ratio of 13.38 right now. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 11.83, which means CI is trading at a premium to the group.

It is also worth noting that CI currently has a PEG ratio of 1.08. 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. The Insurance - Multi line industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 1.13 as of yesterday's close.

The Insurance - Multi line industry is part of the Finance sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 99, putting it in the top 39% 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.

Make sure to utilize Zacks. Com to follow all of these stock-moving metrics, and more, in the coming trading sessions.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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