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First Solar (FSLR) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

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In the latest trading session, First Solar (FSLR) closed at $35.96, marking a -1.64% move from the previous day. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 9.28%. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 9.36%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 9.34%.

Coming into today, shares of the largest U.S. solar company had lost 33.05% in the past month. In that same time, the Oils-Energy sector lost 44.89%, while the S&P 500 lost 26.56%.

FSLR will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. On that day, FSLR is projected to report earnings of $0.25 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 139.06%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $547.10 million, up 2.84% from the year-ago period.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $3.26 per share and revenue of $2.91 billion. These totals would mark changes of +120.27% and -4.88%, respectively, from last year.

Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for FSLR. 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.

The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 8.81% lower. FSLR is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Digging into valuation, FSLR currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 11.21. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 14.05.

Meanwhile, FSLR's PEG ratio is currently 1.01. 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 0.64 at yesterday's closing price.

The Solar industry is part of the Oils-Energy sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 33, which puts it in the top 13% 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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