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Arista Networks (ANET) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

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Arista Networks (ANET) closed at $243.88 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.36% move from the prior day. This change outpaced the S&P 500's 0.2% loss on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.17%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 0.38%.

Heading into today, shares of the cloud networking company had lost 2.36% over the past month, lagging the Computer and Technology sector's loss of 1.9% and the S&P 500's gain of 0.33% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from ANET as it approaches its next earnings report date. On that day, ANET is projected to report earnings of $2.21 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 14.51%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $606.67 million, up 16.7% from the prior-year quarter.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $9.37 per share and revenue of $2.55 billion. These totals would mark changes of +17.71% and +18.55%, respectively, from last year.

Any recent changes to analyst estimates for ANET should also be noted by investors. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of 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. 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. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.37% lower within the past month. ANET currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Investors should also note ANET's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 25.95. This valuation marks a no noticeable deviation compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 25.95.

Meanwhile, ANET's PEG ratio is currently 1.38. 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. ANET's industry had an average PEG ratio of 1.59 as of yesterday's close.

The Communication - Components industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 108, which puts it in the top 43% 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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