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IBM (IBM) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

In the latest trading session, IBM (IBM) closed at $123, marking a +1.99% move from the previous day. The stock outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.91%. At the same time, the Dow added 0.85%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.59%.

Heading into today, shares of the technology and consulting company had lost 3.64% over the past month, lagging the Computer and Technology sector's gain of 8.52% and the S&P 500's gain of 5.26% in that time.

IBM will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be July 20, 2020. On that day, IBM is projected to report earnings of $2.14 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 32.49%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $17.71 billion, down 7.56% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $11.26 per share and revenue of $72.93 billion, which would represent changes of -12.1% and -5.47%, respectively, from the prior year.

Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for IBM. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.

Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. 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, 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 0.22% lower. IBM is holding a Zacks Rank of #4 (Sell) right now.

Investors should also note IBM's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 10.71. This represents a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 38.39.

Investors should also note that IBM has a PEG ratio of 3.14 right now. 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. IBM's industry had an average PEG ratio of 3.14 as of yesterday's close.

The Computer - Integrated Systems industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 232, which puts it in the bottom 9% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our 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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