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BlackBerry (BB) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know


BlackBerry (BB) closed at $9.60 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.95% move from the prior day. This move lagged the S&P 500′s daily gain of 1.42%. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 1.15%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 2.29%.

Prior to today’s trading, shares of the cybersecurity software and services company had lost 7.31% over the past month. This has was narrower than the Computer and Technology sector’s loss of 8.09% and lagged the S&P 500′s loss of 5.36% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from BB as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be December 19, 2018. In that report, analysts expect BB to post earnings of $0.02 per share. This would mark a year-over-year decline of 33.33%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $212.58 million, down 5.94% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $0.11 per share and revenue of $880.89 million, which would represent changes of -21.43% and -8.05%, respectively, from the prior year.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for BB. 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.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. 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. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 54.54% higher. BB is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy).

Valuation is also important, so investors should note that BB has a Forward P/E ratio of 86.46 right now. This valuation marks a premium compared to its industry’s average Forward P/E of 13.37.

We can also see that BB currently has a PEG ratio of 4.66. 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. BB’s industry had an average PEG ratio of 1.15 as of yesterday’s close.

The Wireless Non-US industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 107, putting it in the top 42% 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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