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Alphabet (GOOGL) Stock Moves -0.05%: What You Should Know

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Alphabet (GOOGL - Free Report) closed at $1,182.56 in the latest trading session, marking a -0.05% move from the prior day. This change was narrower than the S&P 500's 0.16% loss on the day. At the same time, the Dow lost 0.12%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.33%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the internet search leader had lost 2.68% over the past month. This has was narrower than the Computer and Technology sector's loss of 7.54% and the S&P 500's loss of 10.5% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from GOOGL as it approaches its next earnings release. On that day, GOOGL is projected to report earnings of $11.40 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 4.2%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $33.45 billion, up 13.46% from the year-ago period.

GOOGL's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $47.07 per share and revenue of $146.07 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of -4.25% and +10.85%, respectively.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for GOOGL. 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. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.

The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 13.43% lower within the past month. GOOGL is holding a Zacks Rank of #4 (Sell) right now.

Digging into valuation, GOOGL currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 25.14. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 25.37, which means GOOGL is trading at a discount to the group.

We can also see that GOOGL currently has a PEG ratio of 1.59. 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. The Internet - Services was holding an average PEG ratio of 2.16 at yesterday's closing price.

The Internet - Services industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 33, putting it in the top 13% 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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