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Qualcomm (QCOM) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

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Qualcomm (QCOM - Free Report) closed at $78.90 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.27% move from the prior day. The stock outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.03%. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 0.13%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 0.11%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the chipmaker had gained 3.44% over the past month. This has lagged the Computer and Technology sector's gain of 4.15% and the S&P 500's gain of 4.17% in that time.

QCOM will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. On that day, QCOM is projected to report earnings of $0.71 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 21.11%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $4.72 billion, down 18.7% from the year-ago period.

QCOM's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $3.46 per share and revenue of $19.31 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of -6.23% and -15.05%, respectively.

Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for QCOM. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. 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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 1.62% lower. QCOM is holding a Zacks Rank of #5 (Strong Sell) right now.

Looking at its valuation, QCOM is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 22.75. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 22.13, so we one might conclude that QCOM is trading at a premium comparatively.

It is also worth noting that QCOM currently has a PEG ratio of 1.78. 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. Wireless Equipment stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 2.84 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Wireless Equipment industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 104, which puts it in the top 41% 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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