CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME) Expected to Post Earnings of $1.50 Per Share

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Wall Street analysts expect CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME) to announce $1.50 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Four analysts have issued estimates for CME Group’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $1.63 and the lowest estimate coming in at $1.43. CME Group reported earnings per share of $1.90 during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year-over-year growth rate of 21.1%. The company is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Wednesday, November 4th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that CME Group will report full-year earnings of $7.03 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.85 to $7.22. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the business will post earnings of $7.10 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.33 to $7.65. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that follow CME Group.

CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 29th. The financial services provider reported $1.63 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.62 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $1.18 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.20 billion. CME Group had a net margin of 46.39% and a return on equity of 9.93%. The firm’s revenue was down 7.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.76 earnings per share.

CME has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Deutsche Bank decreased their price objective on shares of CME Group from $196.00 to $178.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, July 30th. Bank of America decreased their price objective on shares of CME Group from $194.00 to $180.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Friday, July 10th. Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of CME Group in a report on Wednesday, July 29th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of CME Group from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 14th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group decreased their price objective on shares of CME Group from $190.00 to $183.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, June 23rd. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $187.88.

NASDAQ:CME traded down $2.27 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $169.62. The stock had a trading volume of 2,038,771 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,478,693. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.13, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a current ratio of 1.02. The business has a 50 day simple moving average of $169.81 and a 200 day simple moving average of $179.32. The firm has a market capitalization of $60.68 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.58, a PEG ratio of 5.59 and a beta of 0.30. CME Group has a twelve month low of $131.80 and a twelve month high of $225.36.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 25th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, September 10th will be issued a dividend of $0.85 per share. This represents a $3.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.00%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 9th. CME Group’s payout ratio is 50.00%.

In related news, Director Martin J. Gepsman sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $173.52, for a total transaction of $867,600.00. Also, Director William R. Shepard bought 1,229 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 11th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $178.10 per share, with a total value of $218,884.90. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 2,000 shares in the company, valued at $356,200. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 16,500 shares of company stock valued at $2,810,630 over the last ninety days. 1.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Private Vista LLC increased its position in CME Group by 2.3% in the 2nd quarter. Private Vista LLC now owns 2,834 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $461,000 after acquiring an additional 65 shares in the last quarter. Verus Capital Partners LLC boosted its stake in shares of CME Group by 0.9% in the 1st quarter. Verus Capital Partners LLC now owns 7,245 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,253,000 after purchasing an additional 67 shares during the last quarter. Buckley Wealth Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of CME Group by 4.0% in the 2nd quarter. Buckley Wealth Management LLC now owns 1,789 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $291,000 after purchasing an additional 68 shares during the last quarter. Coe Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of CME Group by 0.6% in the 2nd quarter. Coe Capital Management LLC now owns 11,758 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,911,000 after purchasing an additional 69 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Ninety One SA PTY Ltd boosted its stake in shares of CME Group by 0.7% in the 2nd quarter. Ninety One SA PTY Ltd now owns 10,224 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,667,000 after purchasing an additional 70 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 84.24% of the company’s stock.

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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