Zacks: Analysts Expect CME Group Inc (CME) Will Announce Earnings of $1.63 Per Share

Equities analysts predict that CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME) will announce earnings of $1.63 per share for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Four analysts have issued estimates for CME Group’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $1.83 and the lowest is $1.57. CME Group posted earnings of $1.74 per share in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year-over-year growth rate of 6.3%. The firm is expected to report its next quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 25th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that CME Group will report full-year earnings of $6.62 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.42 to $6.92. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the business will post earnings of $7.34 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $7.02 to $7.62. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that follow CME Group.

CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 1st. The financial services provider reported $1.62 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.60 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $1.18 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.19 billion. CME Group had a net margin of 42.47% and a return on equity of 9.29%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.86 EPS.

CME has been the topic of several analyst reports. BidaskClub lowered shares of CME Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 31st. Sanford C. Bernstein reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $210.00 price target on shares of CME Group in a research report on Friday, February 15th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. initiated coverage on shares of CME Group in a research report on Friday, February 15th. They set an “underweight” rating and a $164.00 price target on the stock. Citigroup set a $205.00 price target on shares of CME Group and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 15th. Finally, Deutsche Bank reduced their price target on shares of CME Group from $220.00 to $214.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, March 15th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $189.71.

In other news, insider Kathleen M. Cronin sold 8,340 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $167.54, for a total transaction of $1,397,283.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 41,604 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,970,334.16. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Jeffrey M. Bernacchi sold 10,087 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $177.94, for a total transaction of $1,794,880.78. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 42,004 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,474,191.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 38,489 shares of company stock worth $6,739,196 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC raised its stake in CME Group by 0.3% during the fourth quarter. Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC now owns 22,040 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $4,146,000 after buying an additional 60 shares during the last quarter. Dorsey & Whitney Trust CO LLC raised its stake in CME Group by 1.4% during the fourth quarter. Dorsey & Whitney Trust CO LLC now owns 4,575 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $860,000 after buying an additional 65 shares during the last quarter. Berman Capital Advisors LLC raised its stake in CME Group by 23.9% during the first quarter. Berman Capital Advisors LLC now owns 342 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $56,000 after buying an additional 66 shares during the last quarter. Dubuque Bank & Trust Co. raised its stake in CME Group by 83.1% during the first quarter. Dubuque Bank & Trust Co. now owns 152 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $25,000 after buying an additional 69 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Front Barnett Associates LLC raised its stake in CME Group by 5.4% during the fourth quarter. Front Barnett Associates LLC now owns 1,433 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $267,000 after buying an additional 73 shares during the last quarter. 84.78% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

NASDAQ CME opened at $183.29 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 1.04, a quick ratio of 1.04 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.16. The company has a market cap of $65.23 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.88, a PEG ratio of 4.17 and a beta of 0.32. CME Group has a 1 year low of $157.21 and a 1 year high of $197.08.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, June 25th. Shareholders of record on Monday, June 10th will be given a $0.75 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, June 7th. This represents a $3.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.64%. CME Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 43.99%.

CME Group Company Profile

CME Group Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates contract markets for the trading of futures and options on futures contracts worldwide. It offers a range of products across various asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, and metals, as well as fixed income products.

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