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KeyCorp (KEY) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

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In the latest trading session, KeyCorp (KEY) closed at $17.52, marking a +1.51% move from the previous day. The stock lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 2.45%. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 2.15%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 0.17%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the company had lost 8.92% over the past month. This has lagged the Finance sector's loss of 6.21% and the S&P 500's loss of 5.71% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from KeyCorp as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be July 21, 2022. On that day, KeyCorp is projected to report earnings of $0.54 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 25%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $1.8 billion, up 2.04% from the prior-year quarter.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $2.20 per share and revenue of $7.25 billion, which would represent changes of -16.03% and -0.14%, respectively, from the prior year.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for KeyCorp. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-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. 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 ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 1.51% lower. KeyCorp is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Digging into valuation, KeyCorp currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 7.83. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 9.54, so we one might conclude that KeyCorp is trading at a discount comparatively.

Also, we should mention that KEY has a PEG ratio of 0.43. 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. KEY's industry had an average PEG ratio of 1.36 as of yesterday's close.

The Banks - Major Regional industry is part of the Finance sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 101, putting it in the top 40% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our 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.

You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.


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