Kraft Heinz (KHC) closed at $48.14 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.86% move from the prior day. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.47%. At the same time, the Dow added 0.68%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.74%.
Heading into today, shares of the maker of Oscar Mayer meats, Jell-O pudding and Velveeta cheese had gained 5.29% over the past month, lagging the Consumer Staples sector's gain of 5.78% and the S&P 500's gain of 7.71% in that time.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from KHC as it approaches its nex t earnings report date. In tha t report , analysts expect KHC to post earnings of $0.94 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 4.44%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $6.95 billion, up 1.11% from the year-ago period.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for KHC. 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.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. 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.
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 1.44% lower. KHC is currently a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
Investors should also note KHC's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 12.81. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 16.18, so we one might conclude that KHC is trading at a discount comparatively.
Also, we should mention that KHC has a PEG ratio of 2.33. 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 Food - Miscellaneous was holding an average PEG ratio of 2.11 at yesterday's closing price.
The Food - Miscellaneous industry is part of the Consumer Staples sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 189, which puts it in the bottom 26% of all 250+ industries.
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