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Arista Networks (ANET) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

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Arista Networks (ANET) closed the most recent trading day at $258.03, moving +1.07% from the previous trading session. The stock outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.38%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.04%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 0.73%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the cloud networking company had gained 3.16% over the past month. This has outpaced the Computer and Technology sector's gain of 2.98% and lagged the S&P 500's gain of 3.19% in that time.

ANET will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. In that report, analysts expect ANET to post earnings of $2.22 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 15.03%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $605.84 million, up 16.54% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $9.36 per share and revenue of $2.54 billion, which would represent changes of +17.59% and +18.26%, respectively, from the prior year.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for ANET. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.

Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. 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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 0.32% lower. ANET is holding a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now.

Looking at its valuation, ANET is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 27.28. This valuation marks a no noticeable deviation compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 27.28.

Meanwhile, ANET's PEG ratio is currently 1.45. 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. Communication - Components stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 1.54 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Communication - Components industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 161, which puts it in the bottom 38% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank includes is listed in order from best to worst in terms of the average Zacks Rank of the individual companies within each of these sectors. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.


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