Paypal (PYPL) closed the most recent trading day at $108.76, moving -1.8% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's 0.71% loss on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 0.81%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.79%.
Heading into today, shares of the technology platform and digital payments company had gained 5.89% over the past month, lagging the Computer and Technology sector's gain of 7.25% and outpacing the S&P 500's gain of 4.77% in that time.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from PYPL as it approaches its next earnings report date. On that day, PYPL is projected to report earnings of $0.83 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 20.29%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $4.94 billion, up 16.96% from the prior-year quarter.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for PYPL. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. 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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 0.1% higher. PYPL currently has a Zacks Rank of #4 (Sell).
In terms of valuation, PYPL is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 31.75. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 52.83.
Also, we should mention that PYPL has a PEG ratio of 1.72. 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. PYPL's industry had an average PEG ratio of 2.32 as of yesterday's close.
The Internet - Software industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 157, putting it in the bottom 39% of all 250+ industries.
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