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Canadian Solar (CSIQ) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

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In the latest trading session, Canadian Solar (CSIQ) closed at $17.68, marking a -1.01% move from the previous day. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.56%. At the same time, the Dow added 0.49%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 1.01%.

Heading into today, shares of the solar wafers manufacturer had lost 10.61% over the past month, lagging the Oils-Energy sector's gain of 0.2% and the S&P 500's gain of 1.38% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from CSIQ as it approaches its next earnings report date. On that day, CSIQ is projected to report earnings of $0.88 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 8.33%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $797.86 million, up 3.89% from the year-ago period.

CSIQ's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $3.25 per share and revenue of $3.64 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of -0.91% and -2.9%, respectively.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for CSIQ. 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. 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 remained stagnant. CSIQ is holding a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) right now.

Digging into valuation, CSIQ currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 5.5. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 22.96, which means CSIQ is trading at a discount to the group.

Also, we should mention that CSIQ has a PEG ratio of 0.17. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. The Solar was holding an average PEG ratio of 0.95 at yesterday's closing price.

The Solar industry is part of the Oils-Energy sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 68, putting it in the top 27% 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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