The Retail-Wholesale group has plenty of great stocks, but investors should always be looking for companies that are outperforming their peers. Kohl's (KSS) 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 KSS and the rest of the Retail-Wholesale group's stocks.
Kohl's is a member of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This group includes 216 individual stocks and currently holds a Zacks Sector Rank of #11. 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 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. KSS is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for KSS's full-year earnings has moved 13.24% higher within the past quarter. This means that analyst sentiment is stronger and the stock's earnings outlook is improving.
Based on the latest available data, KSS has gained about 16.52% so far this year. Meanwhile, stocks in the Retail-Wholesale group have gained about 4.88% on average. This shows that Kohl's is outperforming its peers so far this year.
Looking more specifically, KSS belongs to the Retail - Regional Department Stores industry, a group that includes 5 individual stocks and currently sits at #15 in the Zacks Industry Rank. On average, stocks in this group have gained 20.28% this year, meaning that KSS is slightly underperforming its industry in terms of year-to-date returns.
KSS will likely be looking to continue its solid performance, so investors interested Retail-Wholesale stocks should continue to pay close attention to the company.
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