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Attunity (ATTU) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

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Tencent Holding (TCEHY) closed at $44.98 in the latest trading session, marking a -0.62% move from the prior day.

In the latest trading session, Attunity (ATTU) closed at $23.37, marking a +0.04% move from the previous day. This change lagged the S&P 500's 0.5% gain on the day. At the same time, the Dow added 0.54%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.76%.

Coming into today, shares of the data-management software company had gained 13.73% in the past month. In that same time, the Computer and Technology sector gained 3.93%, while the S&P 500 gained 2.53%.

ATTU will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. On that day, ATTU is projected to report earnings of $0.09 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 28.57%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $22.37 million, up 22.69% from the year-ago period.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $0.59 per share and revenue of $106.03 million. These totals would mark changes of +13.46% and +22.94%, respectively, from last year.

Any recent changes to analyst estimates for ATTU should also be noted by investors. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.

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. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant. ATTU is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

In terms of valuation, ATTU is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 39.59. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 59.65, so we one might conclude that ATTU is trading at a discount comparatively.

Also, we should mention that ATTU has a PEG ratio of 1.58. 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. Internet - Software stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 3.31 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Internet - Software industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 75, putting it in the top 30% 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.

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