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Is Williams-Sonoma (WSM) Stock Outpacing Its Retail-Wholesale Peers This Year?

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Investors focused on the Retail-Wholesale space have likely heard of Williams-Sonoma (WSM - Free Report) , but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? One simple way to answer this question is to take a look at the year-to-date performance of WSM and the rest of the Retail-Wholesale group's stocks.

Williams-Sonoma is a member of our Retail-Wholesale group, which includes 214 different companies and currently sits at #7 in the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different groups, measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the sector to gauge the strength of each group.

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. WSM is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

Over the past three months, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for WSM's full-year earnings has moved 2.65% higher. This shows that analyst sentiment has improved and the company's earnings outlook is stronger.

Based on the most recent data, WSM has returned 32.09% so far this year. Meanwhile, the Retail-Wholesale sector has returned an average of 18.88% on a year-to-date basis. This means that Williams-Sonoma is performing better than its sector in terms of year-to-date returns.

Looking more specifically, WSM belongs to the Retail - Home Furnishings industry, which includes 8 individual stocks and currently sits at #113 in the Zacks Industry Rank. On average, this group has gained an average of 6.58% so far this year, meaning that WSM is performing better in terms of year-to-date returns.

Going forward, investors interested in Retail-Wholesale stocks should continue to pay close attention to WSM as it looks to continue its solid performance.

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