Buy or Sell Procter & Gamble Stock Before Earnings?

by Rob Otman
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Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) is a large cap company that operates within the household products industry. Its market cap is $234 billion today, and the total one-year return is 6.13% for shareholders.

Procter & Gamble stock is underperforming the market. It's beaten down, but it reports earnings soon. So is it a good time to buy? To answer this question, we've turned to the Investment U Stock Grader. Our Research Team built this system to diagnose the financial health of a company.

Our system looks at six key metrics...

Earnings-per-Share (EPS) Growth: Procter & Gamble reported a recent EPS growth rate of 12.56%. That's below the household products industry average of 200.9%. That's not a good sign. We like to see companies that have higher earnings growth.

Price-to-Earnings (P/E): The average price-to-earnings ratio of the household products industry is 32.14. And Procter & Gamble's ratio comes in at 23.75. It's trading at a better value than many of its competitors.

Debt-to-Equity The debt-to-equity ratio for Procter & Gamble stock is 56.64%. That's below the household products industry average of 294.74%. The company is less leveraged.

Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Procter & Gamble's FCF has been lower than that of its competitors over the last year. That's not good for investors. In general, if a company is growing its FCF, it will be able to pay down debt, buy back stock, pay out more in dividends and/or invest money back into the business to help boost growth. It's one of our most important fundamental factors.

Profit Margins The profit margin of Procter & Gamble comes in at 13.78% today. And generally, the higher, the better. We also like to see this margin above that of its competitors. Procter & Gamble's profit margin is above the household products average of 7.43%. So that's a positive indicator for investors.

Return on Equity Return on equity tells us how much profit a company produces with the money shareholders invest. The ROE for Procter & Gamble is 27.89%, and that's below its industry average ROE of 52.52%.

Procter & Gamble stock passes three of our six key metrics today. That's why our Investment U Stock Grader rates it as a Hold.

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