Dominion Energy (D) closed the most recent trading day at $74.20, moving +1.77% from the previous trading session. This change outpaced the S&P 500's 3.09% loss on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 2.41%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 4.43%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the energy company had gained 4.83% over the past month. This has outpaced the Utilities sector's gain of 0.97% and the S&P 500's loss of 6.27% in that time.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from D as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be November 1, 2018. In that report, analysts expect D to post earnings of $1.11 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 6.73%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $3.33 billion, up 4.61% from the prior-year quarter.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $4.15 per share and revenue of $13.28 billion. These totals would mark changes of +15.28% and +5.54%, respectively, from last year.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for D. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.
Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.
The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.92% higher. D is holding a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) right now.
Digging into valuation, D currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 17.55. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 17.56, so we one might conclude that D is trading at a discount comparatively.
Meanwhile, D's PEG ratio is currently 2.82. 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. D's industry had an average PEG ratio of 3.35 as of yesterday's close.
The Utility - Electric Power industry is part of the Utilities sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 48, which puts it in the top 19% 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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