Baidu Inc. (BIDU) Stock Moves -1.3%: What You Should Know

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Baidu Inc. (BIDU) closed the most recent trading day at $160.36, moving -1.3% from the previous trading session. This change was narrower than the S&P 500's 1.58% loss on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 1.99%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 1.63%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the web search company had lost 11.67% over the past month. This has lagged the Computer and Technology sector's loss of 2.81% and the S&P 500's loss of 6.62% in that time.

BIDU will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be February 12, 2019. On that day, BIDU is projected to report earnings of $1.91 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 16.59%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $3.86 billion, up 6.58% from the year-ago period.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $9.92 per share and revenue of $15.13 billion. These totals would mark changes of +1.33% and +19.31%, respectively, from last year.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for BIDU. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of 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. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.

Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection remained stagnant. BIDU currently has a Zacks Rank of #4 (Sell).

In terms of valuation, BIDU is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 16.39. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 25.77, so we one might conclude that BIDU is trading at a discount comparatively.

It is also worth noting that BIDU currently has a PEG ratio of 0.71. 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. BIDU's industry had an average PEG ratio of 2.01 as of yesterday's close.

The Internet - Services industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 101, which puts it in the top 39% 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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