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Align Technology (ALGN) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

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Align Technology (ALGN) closed at $245.74 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.84% move from the prior day. This change outpaced the S&P 500's 0.3% gain on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 0.46%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 0.02%.

Heading into today, shares of the maker of the Invisalign tooth-straightening system had lost 14.85% over the past month, lagging the Medical sector's loss of 5.76% and the S&P 500's loss of 4.13% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from Align Technology as it approaches its next earnings report date. In that report, analysts expect Align Technology to post earnings of $2.25 per share. This would mark a year-over-year decline of 21.6%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $991.59 million, down 2.39% from the year-ago period.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $8.94 per share and revenue of $3.99 billion. These totals would mark changes of -20.32% and +0.91%, respectively, from last year.

Any recent changes to analyst estimates for Align Technology should also be noted by investors. 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 0.18% lower within the past month. Align Technology is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Digging into valuation, Align Technology currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 27.27. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 18.53, so we one might conclude that Align Technology is trading at a premium comparatively.

It is also worth noting that ALGN currently has a PEG ratio of 6.31. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but this metric also takes the company's expected earnings growth rate into account. ALGN's industry had an average PEG ratio of 2.07 as of yesterday's close.

The Medical - Dental Supplies industry is part of the Medical sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 164, which puts it in the bottom 35% 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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