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Visa (V) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

In the latest trading session, Visa (V) closed at $137.84, marking a +0.75% move from the previous day. The stock outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.54%. At the same time, the Dow added 0.64%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.95%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the global payments processor had lost 2.08% over the past month. This has was narrower than the Business Services sector's loss of 5.18% and the S&P 500's loss of 4.97% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from V as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be February 7, 2019. The company is expected to report EPS of $1.24, up 14.81% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $5.40 billion, up 11.02% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $5.31 per share and revenue of $22.84 billion, which would represent changes of +15.18% and +10.83%, respectively, from the prior year.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for V. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for 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. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.16% lower within the past month. V is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Digging into valuation, V currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 25.74. This valuation marks a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 19.03.

We can also see that V currently has a PEG ratio of 1.49. 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. The Financial Transaction Services industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 1.35 as of yesterday's close.

The Financial Transaction Services industry is part of the Business Services sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 41, 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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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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