Investors interested in Retail-Wholesale stocks should always be looking to find the best-performing companies in the group. Five Below (FIVE - Free Report) is a stock that can certainly grab the attention of many investors, but do its recent returns compare favorably to the sector as a whole? One simple way to answer this question is to take a look at the year-to-date performance of FIVE and the rest of the Retail-Wholesale group's stocks.
Five Below is one of 228 companies in the Retail-Wholesale group. The Retail-Wholesale group currently sits at #4 within 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 emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find stocks with improving earnings outlooks. This system has a long record of success, and these stocks tend to be on track to beat the market over the next one to three months. FIVE is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).
Over the past three months, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for FIVE's full-year earnings has moved 3.28% higher. This shows that analyst sentiment has improved and the company's earnings outlook is stronger.
Based on the latest available data, FIVE has gained about 76.55% so far this year. Meanwhile, the Retail-Wholesale sector has returned an average of 6.91% on a year-to-date basis. This means that Five Below is performing better than its sector in terms of year-to-date returns.
Breaking things down more, FIVE is a member of the Retail - Miscellaneous industry, which includes 17 individual companies and currently sits at #70 in the Zacks Industry Rank. This group has gained an average of 14.05% so far this year, so FIVE is performing better in this area.
FIVE will likely be looking to continue its solid performance, so investors interested in Retail-Wholesale stocks should continue to pay close attention to the company.