The Basic Materials group has plenty of great stocks, but investors should always be looking for companies that are outperforming their peers. Is Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF - Free Report) one of those stocks right now? By taking a look at the stock's year-to-date performance in comparison to its Basic Materials peers, we might be able to answer that question.
Cleveland-Cliffs is a member of our Basic Materials group, which includes 240 different companies and currently sits at #3 in the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different sector groups. The average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups is measured, and the sectors are listed from best to worst.
The Zacks Rank is a successful stock-picking model that emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions. The system highlights a number of different stocks that could be poised to outperform the broader market over the next one to three months. CLF is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).
Within the past quarter, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for CLF's full-year earnings has moved 35.93% higher. This means that analyst sentiment is stronger and the stock's earnings outlook is improving.
According to our latest data, CLF has moved about 17.89% on a year-to-date basis. Meanwhile, the Basic Materials sector has returned an average of -4.77% on a year-to-date basis. This means that Cleveland-Cliffs is outperforming the sector as a whole this year.
To break things down more, CLF belongs to the Mining - Miscellaneous industry, a group that includes 33 individual companies and currently sits at #49 in the Zacks Industry Rank. On average, stocks in this group have gained 2.21% this year, meaning that CLF is performing better in terms of year-to-date returns.
CLF will likely be looking to continue its solid performance, so investors interested Basic Materials stocks should continue to pay close attention to the company.