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The 5 Best Stocks to Buy Now on Relative Price Strength

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Earnings growth and valuation multiples are indeed important for investors to determine a stock's ability to offer considerable returns. But these are also essential for determining whether a stock’s price performance is better than its peers or the industry average.

If a stock’s performance is lacking that of the broader groups despite impressive earnings growth or valuation multiples, then something must be wrong.

It’s always advisable to stay away from these stocks and bet on those that are outperforming their respective industry or benchmark. This is because betting on a winner always proves to be lucrative.

Then again, it is imperative that you determine whether or not an investment has relevant upside potential when considering stocks with significant relative price strength. Stocks delivering better than the S&P 500 over a period of 1 to 3 months at the least and having solid fundamentals indicate room for growth and are the best ways to go about this strategy.

Finally, it is important to find out whether analysts are optimistic about the upcoming earnings of these companies. In order to do this, we have added positive estimate revisions for the current quarter’s (Q1) earnings to our screen. When a stock undergoes an upward revision, it leads to additional price gains.

Screening Parameters

Relative % Price change – 12 weeks greater than 0

Relative % Price change – 4 weeks greater than 0

Relative % Price change – 1 week greater than 0


(We have considered those stocks that have been outperforming the S&P 500 over the last 12 weeks, four weeks and one week.)

% Change (Q1) Est. over 4 Weeks greater than 0: Positive current-quarter estimate revisions over the last four weeks.

Zacks Rank equal to 1: Only Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks — that have returned more than 26% annually over the last 26 years and surpassed the S&P 500 in 23 of the last 26 years — can get through. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Current Price greater than or equal to $5 and Average 20-day Volume greater than or equal to 50,000: A minimum price of $5 is a good standard to screen low-priced stocks, while a high trading volume would imply adequate liquidity.

VGM Score less than or equal to B: Our research shows that stocks with a VGM Score of A or B when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or 2 (Buy) offer the best upside potential.

Here are five of the 15 stocks that made it through the screen:

Avis Budget Group, Inc. (CAR - Free Report) : Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, Avis Budget Group operates as a leading vehicle rental operator in North America, Europe and Australasia. The company has a VGM Score of B and an excellent earnings surprise history. It surpassed estimates in each of the last four quarters, delivering an earnings surprise of 126.22%, on average.

Rent-A-Center, Inc. (RCII - Free Report) : Rent-A-Center offers household durable goods to consumers in the United States on a rent-to-own basis. The 2021 Zacks Consensus Estimate for this Plano, TX-based firm indicates 71.1% earnings per share growth over 2020. Rent-A-Center has a VGM Score of A.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A., or Petrobras (PBR - Free Report) : the largest integrated energy firm in Brazil and one of the largest in Latin America, Petrobras has a VGM Score of A. Over the past 30 days, this Rio de Janeiro-based firm has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 improve 25.6%.

Sonos, Inc. (SONO - Free Report) : This Santa Barbara, CA-based company operates as a consumer electronics manufacturer of smart speakers with immersive sound experience. Sonos has a VGM Score of B and an excellent earnings surprise history of 297.26%, on average, for the last four quarters.

Textron Inc. (TXT - Free Report) : Textron is a global multi-industry company that manufactures aircraft, automotive engine components and industrial tools. Carrying a VGM Score of B, this Providence, RI-headquartered company’s expected EPS growth rate for three to five years is currently 28.3%, which compares favorably with the industry's growth rate of 11.3%.

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