General Mills (GIS) Tops Q2 Earnings Estimates

General Mills (GIS - Free Report) came out with quarterly earnings of $0.85 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.81 per share. This compares to earnings of $0.82 per share a year ago. These figures are adjusted for non-recurring items.

This quarterly report represents an earnings surprise of 4.94%. A quarter ago, it was expected that this maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods would post earnings of $0.64 per share when it actually produced earnings of $0.71, delivering a surprise of 10.94%.

Over the last four quarters, the company has surpassed consensus EPS estimates three times.

General Mills, which belongs to the Zacks Food - Miscellaneous industry, posted revenues of $4.41 billion for the quarter ended November 2018, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.10%. This compares to year-ago revenues of $4.20 billion. The company has not been able to beat consensus revenue estimates over the last four quarters.

The sustainability of the stock's immediate price movement based on the recently-released numbers and future earnings expectations will mostly depend on management's commentary on the earnings call.

General Mills shares have lost about 38.1% since the beginning of the year versus the S&P 500's decline of -4.8%.

What's Next for General Mills?

While General Mills has underperformed the market so far this year, the question that comes to investors' minds is: what's next for the stock?

There are no easy answers to this key question, but one reliable measure that can help investors address this is the company's earnings outlook. Not only does this include current consensus earnings expectations for the coming quarter(s), but also how these expectations have changed lately.

Empirical research shows a strong correlation between near-term stock movements and trends in earnings estimate revisions. Investors can track such revisions by themselves or rely on a tried-and-tested rating tool like the Zacks Rank, which has an impressive track record of harnessing the power of earnings estimate revisions.

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