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Snap (SNAP) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

Snap (SNAP) closed at $9.98 in the latest trading session, marking a +1.63% move from the prior day. The stock lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 2.59%. At the same time, the Dow added 2.66%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.07%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the company behind Snapchat had lost 12.48% over the past month. This has lagged the Computer and Technology sector's loss of 11.97% and the S&P 500's loss of 9.22% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from Snap as it approaches its next earnings report date. In that report, analysts expect Snap to post earnings of -$0.02 per share. This would mark a year-over-year decline of 111.76%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $1.12 billion, up 4.98% from the prior-year quarter.

SNAP's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $0.02 per share and revenue of $4.68 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of -96% and +13.6%, respectively.

Any recent changes to analyst estimates for Snap should also be noted by investors. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.

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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 2.92% higher. Snap is holding a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) right now.

Looking at its valuation, Snap is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 561.14. This valuation marks a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 44.3.

It is also worth noting that SNAP currently has a PEG ratio of 35.63. 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. SNAP's industry had an average PEG ratio of 2.31 as of yesterday's close.

The Internet - Software industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 93, which puts it in the top 37% 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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