Alphabet (GOOGL) closed the most recent trading day at $1,244.28, moving -0.01% from the previous trading session. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.69%. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 0.22%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 0.91%.
Heading into today, shares of the internet search leader had gained 0.46% over the past month, outpacing the Computer and Technology sector's loss of 0.49% and the S&P 500's loss of 0.61% in that time.
Investors will be hoping for strength from GOOGL as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be October 28, 2019. The company is expected to report EPS of $12.53, down 4.06% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $32.84 billion, up 20.92% from the year-ago period.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $49.48 per share and revenue of $132.53 billion, which would represent changes of +13.23% and +20.38%, respectively, from the prior year.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for GOOGL. 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.
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. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.5% lower. GOOGL currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
In terms of valuation, GOOGL is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 25.15. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 28.08.
It is also worth noting that GOOGL currently has a PEG ratio of 1.52. 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. Internet - Services stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 2.21 based on yesterday's closing prices.
The Internet - Services industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 141, which puts it in the bottom 45% 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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