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Meta Platforms (META) Flat As Market Gains: What You Should Know

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Meta Platforms (META - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $272.61, making no change from the previous trading session. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 1.45%. At the same time, the Dow added 2.12%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 5.41%.

Heading into today, shares of the social media company had gained 16.74% over the past month, outpacing the Computer and Technology sector's gain of 10.26% and the S&P 500's gain of 1.53% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from Meta Platforms as it approaches its next earnings report date. In that report, analysts expect Meta Platforms to post earnings of $2.87 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 16.67%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $30.8 billion, up 6.87% from the year-ago period.

META's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $12.04 per share and revenue of $127.05 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +22.48% and +8.95%, respectively.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for Meta Platforms. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.

Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 2.38% higher within the past month. Meta Platforms is holding a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) right now.

Valuation is also important, so investors should note that Meta Platforms has a Forward P/E ratio of 22.64 right now. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 41.47, so we one might conclude that Meta Platforms is trading at a discount comparatively.

It is also worth noting that META currently has a PEG ratio of 1.03. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but this metric also takes the company's expected earnings growth rate into account. Internet - Software stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 1.67 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Internet - Software industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 105, which puts it in the top 42% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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