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Is Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) Stock Outpacing Its Medical Peers This Year?

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The Medical group has plenty of great stocks, but investors should always be looking for companies that are outperforming their peers. Has Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN - Free Report) been one of those stocks this year? A quick glance at the company's year-to-date performance in comparison to the rest of the Medical sector should help us answer this question.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is a member of our Medical group, which includes 757 different companies and currently sits at #5 in the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank gauges the strength of our 16 individual sector groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups.

The Zacks Rank is a proven model that highlights a variety of stocks with the right characteristics to outperform the market over the next one to three months. The system emphasizes earnings estimate revisions and favors companies with improving earnings outlooks. REGN is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

Over the past three months, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for REGN's full-year earnings has moved 12.79% higher. This means that analyst sentiment is stronger and the stock's earnings outlook is improving.

Our latest available data shows that REGN has returned about 8.16% since the start of the calendar year. Meanwhile, the Medical sector has returned an average of 7.72% on a year-to-date basis. As we can see, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is performing better than its sector in the calendar year.

Breaking things down more, REGN is a member of the Medical - Biomedical and Genetics industry, which includes 280 individual companies and currently sits at #97 in the Zacks Industry Rank. On average, stocks in this group have gained 1.27% this year, meaning that REGN is performing better in terms of year-to-date returns.

REGN will likely be looking to continue its solid performance, so investors interested Medical stocks should continue to pay close attention to the company.

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