Key Factors to Consider Before Investing in Palo Alto Networks (PANW)

We're taking a closer look at Palo Alto Networks today, as the chatter surrounding the stock has increased notably in the last few weeks. Today, its shares moved -0.3% compared to 1.0% for the S&P 500. Increased investor interest and volatility surrounding the stock are not reason enough to buy in -- you should first perform your own due diligence. Here are some figures that can get you started:

  • Palo Alto Networks, Inc. provides cybersecurity solutions worldwide.

  • Palo Alto Networks has moved 104.2% over the last year compared to 23.6% for the S&P 500 -- a difference of 80.5%

  • PANW has an average analyst rating of buy and is 5.12% away from its mean target price of $291.52 per share

  • Its trailing 12 month earnings per share (EPS) is $1.78

  • Palo Alto Networks has a trailing 12 month Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio of 172.2 while the S&P 500 average is 15.97

  • Its forward earnings per share (EPS) is $6.39 and its forward P/E ratio is 48.0

  • PANW has a Price to Earnings Growth (PEG) ratio of 2.48, which shows the company is potentially overvalued when we factor growth into the price to earnings calculus.

  • The company has a Price to Book (P/B) ratio of 44.29 in contrast to the S&P 500's average ratio of 2.95

  • Palo Alto Networks is part of the Technology sector, which has an average P/E ratio of 35.0 and an average P/B of 7.92

  • Palo Alto Networks has on average reported free cash flows of $1.41 Billion over the last four years, during which time they have grown by an an average of 19.0%

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