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Celestica (CLS) Soars to 52-Week High, Time to Cash Out?

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Have you been paying attention to shares of Celestica (CLS - Free Report) ? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 3.6% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $9.6 in the previous session. Celestica has gained 17.2% since the start of the year compared to the 23.5% move for the Zacks Computer and Technology sector and the 27.7% return for the Zacks Electronics - Manufacturing Services 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 July 26, 2021, Celestica reported EPS of $0.3 versus consensus estimate of $0.25 while it beat the consensus revenue estimate by 3.28%.

For the current fiscal year, Celestica is expected to post earnings of $1.16 per share on $5.64 billion in revenues. This represents a 18.37% change in EPS on a -1.88% change in revenues.

Valuation Metrics

Celestica 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 they provide investors with an additional way to sort 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. The idea behind the style scores is to help investors pick the most appropriate Zacks Rank stocks based on their individual investment style.

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

In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 8.2X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 4.9X versus its peer group's average of 10.7X. Additionally, the stock has a PEG ratio of 0.8. 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 consider the stock's Zacks Rank, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, Celestica currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) thanks to favorable earnings estimate revisions from covering analysts.

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 Celestica passes the test. Thus, it seems as though Celestica shares could have a bit more room to run in the near term.

How Does Celestica Stack Up to the Competition?

Shares of Celestica have been soaring, and the company still appears to be a decent choice, but what about the rest of the industry? Some of its industry peers are also impressive, including Onto Innovation (ONTO - Free Report) , WESCO International (WCC - Free Report) , and Arrow Electronics (ARW - Free Report) , all of which currently have a Zacks Rank of at least #2 and a VGM Score of at least B, making them well-rounded choices.

The Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 31% of all the industries we have in our universe, so it looks like there are some nice tailwinds for Celestica, even beyond its own solid fundamental situation.

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