Paypal (PYPL - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $114.54, moving -0.93% from the previous trading session. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.04%. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 0.05%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.01%.
Heading into today, shares of the technology platform and digital payments company had gained 8.23% over the past month, outpacing the Computer and Technology sector's loss of 1.99% and the S&P 500's gain of 0.34% in that time.
Investors will be hoping for strength from PYPL as it approaches its next earnings release. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.69, up 18.97% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $4.33 billion, up 12.3% from the year-ago period.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $2.98 per share and revenue of $18 billion, which would represent changes of +23.14% and +16.51%, respectively, from the prior year.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for PYPL. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. 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. 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. PYPL is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).
In terms of valuation, PYPL is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 38.77. This represents a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 59.92.
It is also worth noting that PYPL currently has a PEG ratio of 2.17. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. Internet - Software stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 2.65 based on yesterday's closing prices.
The Internet - Software industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 89, putting it in the top 35% 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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