The Retail-Wholesale group has plenty of great stocks, but investors should always be looking for companies that are outperforming their peers. Vitamin Shoppe (VSI - 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 VSI and the rest of the Retail-Wholesale group's stocks.
Vitamin Shoppe is one of 223 individual stocks in the Retail-Wholesale sector. Collectively, these companies sit at #8 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. VSI is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy).
Over the past three months, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for VSI's full-year earnings has moved 117.39% higher. This is a sign of improving analyst sentiment and a positive earnings outlook trend.
Based on the most recent data, VSI has returned 52.74% so far this year. In comparison, Retail-Wholesale companies have returned an average of 16.30%. This means that Vitamin Shoppe is performing better than its sector in terms of year-to-date returns.
Breaking things down more, VSI is a member of the Food - Natural Foods Products industry, which includes 7 individual companies and currently sits at #69 in the Zacks Industry Rank. Stocks in this group have gained about 4.95% so far this year, so VSI is performing better this group in terms of year-to-date returns.
VSI 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.