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Alibaba (BABA) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

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In the latest trading session, Alibaba (BABA) closed at $174, marking a +0.58% move from the previous day. This change outpaced the S&P 500's 0.28% gain on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 0.07%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.71%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the online retailer had gained 2.82% over the past month. This has lagged the Retail-Wholesale sector's gain of 2.94% and outpaced the S&P 500's gain of 1.93% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from BABA as it approaches its next earnings report date. The company is expected to report EPS of $1.51, up 23.77% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $16.53 billion, up 35.17% from the prior-year quarter.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $6.72 per share and revenue of $74.48 billion, which would represent changes of +17.48% and +33.92%, respectively, from the prior year.

Any recent changes to analyst estimates for BABA should also be noted by investors. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. 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 ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.36% higher within the past month. BABA is currently a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

Looking at its valuation, BABA is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 25.76. This represents a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 28.58.

It is also worth noting that BABA currently has a PEG ratio of 0.96. 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 - Commerce industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 1.85 as of yesterday's close.

The Internet - Commerce industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 47, which puts it in the top 19% 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.

Make sure to utilize Zacks. Com to follow all of these stock-moving metrics, and more, in the coming trading sessions.


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