Lam Research (LRCX - Free Report) closed at $151.51 in the latest trading session, marking a -0.23% move from the prior day. This move was narrower than the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.63%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.43%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 1.04%.
Coming into today, shares of the semiconductor equipment maker had gained 1.91% in the past month. In that same time, the Computer and Technology sector lost 7.79%, while the S&P 500 lost 6.28%.
Investors will be hoping for strength from LRCX as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be January 23, 2019. In that report, analysts expect LRCX to post earnings of $3.67 per share. This would mark a year-over-year decline of 15.44%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $2.50 billion, down 3.09% from the year-ago period.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $14.37 per share and revenue of $9.95 billion. These totals would mark changes of -19.59% and -10.19%, respectively, from last year.
Any recent changes to analyst estimates for LRCX should also be noted by investors. 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.
Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. 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.
The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 6.82% lower. LRCX is holding a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now.
Valuation is also important, so investors should note that LRCX has a Forward P/E ratio of 10.57 right now. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 10.35, which means LRCX is trading at a premium to the group.
Investors should also note that LRCX has a PEG ratio of 0.88 right now. 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. LRCX's industry had an average PEG ratio of 1 as of yesterday's close.
The Semiconductor Equipment - Wafer Fabrication industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 178, putting it in the bottom 30% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual 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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