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Penn National Gaming (PENN) closed the most recent trading day at $75.72, moving +0.16% from the previous trading session. This change outpaced the S&P 500’s 0.15% gain on the day.
Coming into today, shares of the casino operator had lost 6.48% in the past month. In that same time, the Consumer Discretionary sector gained 0.41%, while the S&P 500 lost 0.58%.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from PENN as it approaches its next earnings report date. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.81, down 12.9% from the prior-year quarter. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $1.5 billion, up 32.76% from the year-ago period.
PENN’s full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $3.21 per share and revenue of $5.73 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +164.2% and +60.01%, respectively.
Any recent changes to analyst estimates for PENN should also be noted by investors. 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. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.
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. PENN is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
Looking at its valuation, PENN is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 23.59. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 22.38, so we one might conclude that PENN is trading at a premium comparatively.
The Gaming industry is part of the Consumer Discretionary sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 181, putting it in the bottom 29% 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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