The Computer and Technology group has plenty of great stocks, but investors should always be looking for companies that are outperforming their peers. Lam Research (LRCX - 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 LRCX and the rest of the Computer and Technology group's stocks.
Lam Research is a member of our Computer and Technology group, which includes 630 different companies and currently sits at #8 in the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank includes 16 different groups and is listed in order from best to worst in terms of the average Zacks Rank of the individual companies within each of these sectors.
The Zacks Rank is a proven system that emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions, highlighting a variety of stocks that are displaying the right characteristics to beat the market over the next one to three months. LRCX is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).
Within the past quarter, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for LRCX's full-year earnings has moved 10.81% higher. This is a sign of improving analyst sentiment and a positive earnings outlook trend.
Based on the most recent data, LRCX has returned 99.04% so far this year. Meanwhile, stocks in the Computer and Technology group have gained about 24.88% on average. This means that Lam Research is performing better than its sector in terms of year-to-date returns.
Looking more specifically, LRCX belongs to the Semiconductor Equipment - Wafer Fabrication industry, a group that includes 4 individual stocks and currently sits at #10 in the Zacks Industry Rank. On average, stocks in this group have gained 77.13% this year, meaning that LRCX is performing better in terms of year-to-date returns.
Investors in the Computer and Technology sector will want to keep a close eye on LRCX as it attempts to continue its solid performance.