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Salesforce.com (CRM) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

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Salesforce.com (CRM) closed the most recent trading day at $157.60, moving -1.34% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.37%. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 0.42%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.56%.

Coming into today, shares of the customer-management software developer had gained 6.46% in the past month. In that same time, the Computer and Technology sector gained 5.93%, while the S&P 500 gained 4.42%.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from CRM as it approaches its next earnings report date. In that report, analysts expect CRM to post earnings of $0.65 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 6.56%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $4.45 billion, up 31.16% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $2.84 per share and revenue of $16.86 billion, which would represent changes of +3.27% and +26.95%, respectively, from the prior year.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for CRM. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for 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.

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 has moved 0.15% lower. CRM is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Looking at its valuation, CRM is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 56.2. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 29.58, so we one might conclude that CRM is trading at a premium comparatively.

It is also worth noting that CRM currently has a PEG ratio of 3. 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. The Computer - Software industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 2.25 as of yesterday's close.

The Computer - Software industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 66, which puts it in the top 26% 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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