Photronics (PLAB) Stock Slides as Market Rises: Facts to Know Before You Trade

Photronics (PLAB) closed at $28.99 in the latest trading session, marking a -0.41% move from the prior day. The stock's performance was behind the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.08%. Elsewhere, the Dow saw a downswing of 0.31%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq appreciated by 0.02%.

The the stock of electronics imaging company has risen by 0.07% in the past month, lagging the Computer and Technology sector's gain of 2.68% and the S&P 500's gain of 3.52%.

The investment community will be paying close attention to the earnings performance of Photronics in its upcoming release. It is anticipated that the company will report an EPS of $0.49, marking a 22.5% rise compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for Photronics. Such recent modifications usually signify the changing landscape of near-term business trends. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.

Our research reveals that these estimate alterations are directly linked with the stock price performance in the near future. To exploit this, we've formed the Zacks Rank, a quantitative model that includes these estimate changes and presents a viable rating system.

The Zacks Rank system, stretching from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has a noteworthy track record of outperforming, validated by third-party audits, with stocks rated #1 producing an average annual return of +25% since the year 1988. Over the past month, there's been a 15.56% rise in the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate. Photronics is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy).

From a valuation perspective, Photronics is currently exchanging hands at a Forward P/E ratio of 11.2. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 13.13, which means Photronics is trading at a discount to the group.

The Semiconductor Equipment - Photomasks industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry, currently bearing a Zacks Industry Rank of 3, finds itself in the top 2% echelons of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank is ordered from best to worst in terms of the average Zacks Rank of the individual companies within each of these sectors. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

Remember to apply Zacks.com to follow these and more stock-moving metrics during the upcoming trading sessions.

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