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Exact Sciences (EXAS) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

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Exact Sciences (EXAS - Free Report) closed at $75.66 in the latest trading session, marking a +1.42% move from the prior day. The stock outpaced the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.41%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.01%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 0.13%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the molecular diagnostics company had lost 7.99% over the past month. This has lagged the Medical sector's loss of 0.21% and the S&P 500's gain of 2.36% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from Exact Sciences as it approaches its next earnings release. The company is expected to report EPS of -$0.93, down 933.33% from the prior-year quarter. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $440.81 million, down 5.47% from the year-ago period.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for Exact Sciences. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.

The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 0.46% lower. Exact Sciences is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #4 (Sell).

The Medical - Biomedical and Genetics industry is part of the Medical sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 107, putting it in the top 42% of all 250+ industries.

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