For those looking to find strong Basic Materials stocks, it is prudent to search for companies in the group that are outperforming their peers. National Steel (SID - 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 SID and the rest of the Basic Materials group's stocks.
National Steel is a member of our Basic Materials group, which includes 247 different companies and currently sits at #14 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 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. SID is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy).
Within the past quarter, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for SID's full-year earnings has moved 74.39% higher. This shows that analyst sentiment has improved and the company's earnings outlook is stronger.
According to our latest data, SID has moved about 44.75% on a year-to-date basis. Meanwhile, stocks in the Basic Materials group have gained about 4.38% on average. This shows that National Steel is outperforming its peers so far this year.
Looking more specifically, SID belongs to the Steel - Producers industry, which includes 27 individual stocks and currently sits at #209 in the Zacks Industry Rank. Stocks in this group have lost about 17.58% so far this year, so SID is performing better this group in terms of year-to-date returns.
Investors with an interest in Basic Materials stocks should continue to track SID. The stock will be looking to continue its solid performance.