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Align Technology (ALGN) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

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Align Technology (ALGN - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $307.66, moving +0.42% from the previous trading session. The stock lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 1.05%. At the same time, the Dow added 1.02%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 1.66%.

Coming into today, shares of the maker of the Invisalign tooth-straightening system had lost 5.23% in the past month. In that same time, the Medical sector lost 1.73%, while the S&P 500 lost 2.76%.

ALGN will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. On that day, ALGN is projected to report earnings of $1.51 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 16.15%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $595.61 million, up 21.49% from the year-ago period.

ALGN's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $5.49 per share and revenue of $2.44 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +11.59% and +24.16%, respectively.

Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for ALGN. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. 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.

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. ALGN currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Looking at its valuation, ALGN is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 55.76. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 21.73, so we one might conclude that ALGN is trading at a premium comparatively.

Meanwhile, ALGN's PEG ratio is currently 2.38. 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. Medical - Dental Supplies stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 2.23 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Medical - Dental Supplies industry is part of the Medical sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 52, putting it in the top 21% 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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