Investors interested in Finance stocks should always be looking to find the best-performing companies in the group. CME Group (CME - 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? A quick glance at the company's year-to-date performance in comparison to the rest of the Finance sector should help us answer this question.
CME Group is a member of our Finance group, which includes 864 different companies and currently sits at #7 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 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. CME is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).
Over the past 90 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for CME's full-year earnings has moved 0.27% higher. This is a sign of improving analyst sentiment and a positive earnings outlook trend.
Based on the latest available data, CME has gained about 26.20% so far this year. At the same time, Finance stocks have lost an average of 13.60%. This means that CME Group is performing better than its sector in terms of year-to-date returns.
To break things down more, CME belongs to the Securities and Exchanges industry, a group that includes 6 individual companies and currently sits at #9 in the Zacks Industry Rank. This group has gained an average of 17.18% so far this year, so CME is performing better in this area.
Going forward, investors interested in Finance stocks should continue to pay close attention to CME as it looks to continue its solid performance.