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TopBuild (BLD) Hits Fresh High: Is There Still Room to Run?

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Have you been paying attention to shares of TopBuild (BLD - Free Report) ? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 10.2% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $227.13 in the previous session. TopBuild has gained 19.1% since the start of the year compared to the 20.1% move for the Zacks Construction sector and the 16.4% return for the Zacks Building Products - Miscellaneous industry.

What's Driving the Outperformance?

The stock has an impressive record of positive earnings surprises, as it hasn't missed our earnings consensus estimate in any of the last four quarters. In its last earnings report on February 23, 2021, TopBuild reported EPS of $2.15 versus consensus estimate of $1.9 while it beat the consensus revenue estimate by 2.65%.

For the current fiscal year, TopBuild is expected to post earnings of $9.7 per share on $3.21 billion in revenues. This represents a 33.24% change in EPS on a 17.96% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $11.45 per share on $3.52 billion in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of 18.1% and 9.66%, respectively.

Valuation Metrics

TopBuild may be at a 52-week high right now, but what might the future hold for the stock? A key aspect of this question is taking a look at valuation metrics in order to determine if the company has run ahead of itself.

On this front, we can look at the Zacks Style Scores, as these give investors a variety of ways to comb through stocks (beyond looking at the Zacks Rank of a security). These styles are represented by grades running from A to F in the categories of Value, Growth, and Momentum, while there is a combined VGM Score as well. Investors should consider the style scores a valuable tool that can help you to pick the most appropriate Zacks Rank stocks based on their individual investment style.

TopBuild has a Value Score of C. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are B and A, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of B.

In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 22.6X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 24.5X versus its peer group's average of 15.9X. This isn't enough to put the company in the top echelon of all stocks we cover from a value perspective.

Zacks Rank

We also need to look at the Zacks Rank for the stock, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, TopBuild currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) thanks to rising earnings estimates.

Since we recommend that investors select stocks carrying Zacks Rank of 1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) and Style Scores of A or B, it looks as if TopBuild fits the bill. Thus, it seems as though TopBuild shares could have a bit more room to run in the near term.

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