Here’s what to know beyond why Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) is a trending stock
Ali Baba (BABA) has been one of the most searched stocks on Zacks.com lately. So, you might want to consider some of the facts that could shape the stock’s performance in the short term.
Over the past month, shares of this online retailer have returned -13.7%, compared to the +12% change in the Zacks S&P 500 composite. of which Alibaba is a part, gained 16%. The key question now is: what could be the future direction of the title?
Although media reports or rumors of a material change in a company’s business outlook usually cause its stock to trend and result in an immediate price change, there are always certain fundamental factors that ultimately determine the buy and hold decision.
Revisions to earnings estimates
Rather than focusing on anything else, at Zacks we prioritize assessing change in a company’s earnings projection. Indeed, we believe that the fair value of its shares is determined by the present value of its future earnings streams.
We basically look at how sell-side analysts covering the stock are revising their earnings estimates to reflect the impact of the latest trading trends. And if earnings estimates increase for a company, the fair value of its shares increases. A higher fair value than the current market price stimulates investors’ interest in buying the stock, causing its price to rise. This is why empirical research shows a strong correlation between trends in earnings estimate revisions and short-term stock price movements.
Alibaba is expected to post earnings of $1.66 per share for the current quarter, representing a year-over-year change of -4.6%. Over the past 30 days, the Zacks consensus estimate has changed by +10.7%.
For the current year, the consensus earnings estimate of $7.64 indicates a change of -8.1% from the prior year. Over the last 30 days, this estimate has changed by -0.2%.
For the next fiscal year, the consensus earnings estimate of $8.33 indicates a change of +9% from what Alibaba is expected to report a year ago. Over the past month, the estimate has changed by +1.8%.
With a strong externally audited track record, our proprietary stock rating tool, Zacks Rank, provides a more conclusive picture of a stock’s price direction in the short term, as it effectively harnesses the power of earnings estimate revisions. . Due to the magnitude of the recent consensus estimate change, along with three other factors related to earnings estimates, Alibaba is ranked Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
The chart below shows the evolution of the company’s consensus 12-month EPS estimate:
12 month EPS
Revenue Growth Forecasts
While a company’s earnings growth is arguably the best indicator of its financial health, nothing happens if it can’t grow its revenue. It is almost impossible for a company to increase its profits without increasing its revenue for long periods of time. Therefore, knowing the potential revenue growth of a business is crucial.
In the case of Alibaba, the consensus sales estimate of $32.34 billion for the current quarter indicates a year-over-year change of +3.8%. Estimates of $136.59 billion and $154.64 billion for the current and next fiscal year indicate changes of +2.5% and +13.2%, respectively.
Latest reported results and history of surprises
Alibaba posted revenue of $30.69 billion in the last quarter, representing a year-over-year change of -3.7%. EPS of $1.75 for the same period versus $2.57 a year ago.
Compared to the Zacks consensus estimate of $31.15 billion, reported revenue is a surprise -1.47%. Surprise EPS was +16.67%.
In the past four quarters, Alibaba has exceeded consensus EPS estimates three times. The company exceeded consensus revenue estimates only once during this period.
Without considering the valuation of a stock, no investment decision can be effective. Crucial to predicting a stock’s future price performance is whether its current price accurately reflects the intrinsic value of the underlying business and the company’s growth prospects.
While comparing the current values of a company’s valuation multiples, such as the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio, the price-to-sales (P/S) ratio, and the price-to-cash flow (P/CF) ratio , along with its own historical values help determine whether its stock is fairly valued, overvalued or undervalued, comparing the company against its peers on these metrics gives a good idea of the reasonableness of the stock price .
The Zacks Value Style Score (part of the Zacks Style Scores system), which pays close attention to traditional and unconventional valuation metrics to rank stocks from A to F (an A is better than a B; a B is better than a C; and so on), is quite useful in determining whether a stock is overvalued, correctly priced, or temporarily undervalued.
Alibaba is rated B on this front, indicating that it is trading at a discount to its peers. Click here to see values for some of the rating metrics that led to this rating.
The facts discussed here and plenty of other information about Zacks.com might help determine whether or not it’s worth paying attention to the market buzz about Alibaba. However, its No. 3 Zacks ranking suggests it could perform in line with the broader market in the near term.
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