Marching to the Beat of Their Own Drum, Update on Gartner, Inc.

Bargain stock hunters have honed in their attention of late on shares of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE:IT).  The stock is currently valued at $118.24 after moving 1.65% in the most recent session and -7.81% over the past 5 trading days.  Given that the stock is priced cheaply, let’s take a look and see if there is any value here.

Most investors are likely looking for that next stock that is ready to take off running. Maybe the focus is on finding a stock that has recently taken a turn for the worse for no real apparent reason. As we all know, as quickly as a stock can drop in price, it can bounce back just as fast.

Although the popular stocks that receive a high level of media coverage tend to recover quicker after a sell-off, there may be plenty of under the radar stocks that are ripe for buying. Scoping out these potential market gems may help repair a portfolio that has taken a hit for any number of reasons.

The average investor might not have the time to monitor every single tick of a given stock, but taking a look at historical performance may help provide some valuable insight on where the stock may be trending in the future. Over the past week, Gartner, Inc. (NYSE:IT) has performed -7.81%. For the past month, shares are -8.77%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 0.77%. Looking back further, Gartner, Inc. stock has been 1.13% over the last six months, and -3.99% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are 17.05%.

Price Earnings Ratio

The price/earnings ratio (P/E) for Gartner, Inc. is 3583.03 and the forward P/E ratio stands at 25.18. The price to sales growth is 3.20. The price/earnings ratio (P/E) is a market prospect ratio which calculates the value of a stock relative to its earnings. On other words, the P/E ratio is and indicator of what investors are will to pay for a stock relative to its earnings.  A firm with a high P/E ratio typically indicates that investors are willing to pay a premium for the stock and higher performance in future quarters would be anticipated. Going a step further we can also look at the PEG ratio of a company.  A stock’s price/earnings ratio divided by its year-over-year earnings growth rate. In general, the lower the PEG, the better the value, because the investor would be paying less for each unit of earnings growth.

There is rarely any substitute for diligent research, especially when it pertains to the equity markets. No matter what strategy an investor employs, keeping abreast of current market happenings is of the utmost importance. Everyone wants to see their stock picks soar, but the stark reality is that during a market wide sell-off, this may not be the case. Recently, shares of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE:IT) have been seen trading -3.65% away from the 200-day moving average and -7.05% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading -16.83% away from the 52-week high and separated 17.85% from the 52-week low. Gartner, Inc.’s RSI is presently sitting at 32.91.