Alphabet (GOOG - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $1,191.23, moving +1.32% from the previous trading session. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.3%. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 0.38%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.44%.
Heading into today, shares of the internet search leader had gained 7.37% over the past month, outpacing the Computer and Technology sector's gain of 4.56% and the S&P 500's gain of 2.91% in that time.
GOOG will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. In that report, analysts expect GOOG to post earnings of $10.55 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 6.24%.
Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for GOOG. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.
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. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant. GOOG currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
In terms of valuation, GOOG is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 24.82. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 24.89, so we one might conclude that GOOG is trading at a discount comparatively.
Investors should also note that GOOG has a PEG ratio of 1.42 right now. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. The Internet - Services was holding an average PEG ratio of 2.7 at yesterday's closing price.
The Internet - Services industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 146, which puts it in the bottom 43% of all 250+ industries.
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