Dillard’s (DDS) shares move -1.35%: What you need to know

Dillard’s (DDS) closed the last day of trading at $303.81, down -1.35% from the previous trading session. That move was narrower than the S&P 500’s 3.63% daily loss. Elsewhere, the Dow Jones lost 2.77%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.19%.

Going into today, the department store operator’s shares had gained 14.74% over the past month, outpacing the retail and wholesale sector’s 7.2% loss and the loss of 6.15% of the S&P 500 during this period.

Wall Street will be looking for Dillard’s positivity as it nears its next earnings report date. The company is expected to post EPS of $5.36, down 15.86% from the prior year quarter. Our most recent consensus estimate calls for quarterly revenue of $1.55 billion, up 16.52% from the prior year period.

Looking to the full year, our Zacks consensus estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $17.94 per share and revenue of $6.8 billion. These totals would mark changes of -55.21% and +4.67%, respectively, from last year.

It’s also important to note recent changes to analyst estimates for Dillard. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term trading trends. Thus, positive revisions to estimates reflect analysts’ optimism about the company’s business and profitability.

Research indicates that these revisions to estimates are directly correlated to near-term stock price dynamics. Investors can take advantage of this by using the Zacks ranking. This model accounts for these estimation changes and provides a simple and actionable scoring system.

The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive track record of outperformance verified by external audits, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988 Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has remained flat. Dillard’s currently sports a Zacks rank of #3 (Hold).

In terms of valuation, Dillard’s is currently trading at a forward P/E ratio of 17.17. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 8.24, so we could conclude that Dillard’s is trading at a premium comparatively.

Additionally, it is worth mentioning that DDS has a PEG ratio of 1.17. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely used P/E ratio, but this measure also takes into account the company’s expected earnings growth rate. Retail – Regional Department Stores had an average PEG ratio of 1.03 at yesterday’s closing price.

The Retail – Regional Department Stores industry is part of the Retail – Wholesale sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 45, which places it in the top 18% of the 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Ranking assesses the strength of our individual industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Ranking of individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% of industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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