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Chicago, IL – June 2, 2023 – Stocks in this week’s article are Photronics, Inc. (PLAB - Free Report) , Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. (PKOH - Free Report) , EnerSys (ENS - Free Report) , Copa Holdings, S.A. (CPA - Free Report) and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF - Free Report) .

5 Top-Ranked Stocks with Relative Price Strength Tailwinds

The S&P 500 wrapped the month of May with a marginal gain of 0.3% amid the ongoing debt-ceiling saga. Despite this, the broad-market index is up nearly 10% year to date following a pathetic 2022.

With the House passing a bill to avert a catastrophic default and sending the legislation to the Senate just days ahead of a Monday deadline, the market is expected to breathe a sigh of relief. However, last Friday's uptick in inflation via the PCE index — the Fed's preferred inflation gauge — has led to some speculation about whether the Fed will implement another 25 basis point rate hike instead of a pause that is widely expected.

While we are well off the peaks we saw in 2022, we have apparently hit a bed of resistance. In other words, inflation is indeed coming down, but slowly. It means that another small rate hike cannot be ruled out.

In the absence of more visibility, investors who want to stay exposed to the equity setup should focus on good investment opportunities. One of the ways such potential plays could be identified is to look for signs of relative price strength.

Relative Price Strength Strategy

Whether a stock has the potential to offer considerable returns is determined primarily by its earnings and valuation ratios. Simultaneously, it is essential to check whether its price performance exceeds its peers or the industry average.

Upon such comparison, if we find that a stock is unable to match up to wider sectoral growth despite having impressive earnings momentum or valuation multiples, it may be better to avoid it.

However, those outperforming their respective industries or benchmarks should be included in your portfolio since they have a higher chance of securing significant returns. Picking a stock that outperforms its peers ensures a winning option on your hands.
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 for 1 to 3 months at least and having solid fundamentals indicate room for growth and are the best ways to go about this strategy.

Finally, it is crucial 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.

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

Photronics, Inc.: This produces photomasks that are used in the manufacture of semiconductors and flat panel displays. The fiscal 2023 Zacks Consensus Estimate for Brookfield, CT-based PLAB indicates 3.6% year-over-year earnings per share growth. Photronics has a VGM Score of A.

Over the past 30 days, Photronics saw the Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2023 move up 10.4%. It beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in three of the last four quarters and met in the other. PLAB shares have moved down 1.8% in a year.

Park-Ohio Holdings Corp.: The company is a manufacturer of capital equipment with a unit dedicated to supply-chain management outsourcing. Over the past 30 days, this Cleveland, OH-based firm saw the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2023 move up 11.2%. PKOH has a VGM Score of A.

The 2023 Zacks Consensus Estimate for Park-Ohio Holdings indicates 63.1% year-over-year earnings per share growth. It has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of roughly 10.8%, on average. PKOH shares have increased 1.7% in a year.

EnerSys: Based in Reading, PA, the company engages in manufacturing, marketing and distribution of various industrial batteries. EnerSys’s expected EPS growth rate for three to five years is currently 14%, which compares favorably with the industry's growth rate of 10.4%. ENS has a VGM Score of A.

Notably, the fiscal 2024 Zacks Consensus Estimate for EnerSys indicates 28.1% year-over-year earnings per share growth. The company has a market capitalization of $4.1 billion. ENS shares have gone up 44.7% in a year.

Copa Holdings, S.A.: The company offers airline passenger and cargo services to 69 destinations covering 29 countries in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean. Over the past 30 days, this Panama City-based firm saw the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2023 move up 18.2%. CPA has a VGM Score of A.

Copa Holdings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in each of the last four quarters. It has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of roughly 14.6%, on average. CPA shares have surged 53.2% in a year.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co.: Based in New Albany, OH, Abercrombie & Fitch operates as a specialty retailer of premium, high-quality casual apparel for men, women, and kids. Over the past 30 days, this firm saw the Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2024 move up 23.1%. ANF has a VGM Score of A.

The fiscal 2024 Zacks Consensus Estimate for Abercrombie & Fitch indicates 604% year-over-year earnings per share growth. It has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of roughly 480.6%, on average. ANF shares have increased 51.7% in a year.

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