Have you been paying attention to shares of Insight EnterprisesNSIT ? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 33% over the past month. NSIT hit a new 52-week high of $48.73 in the previous session. Insight Enterprises has gained 24.2% since the start of the year compared to the 8.9% move for the Retail-Wholesale sector and the 21% year-to-date return for its peer group.
What's Driving the Outperformance?
The stock has a great record of positive earnings surprises, having beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last four quarters. In its last earnings report on May 2, 2018, Insight Enterprises reported EPS of $0.94 vs.the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.6 while it beat the consensus revenue estimate by 14.94%.
For the current fiscal year, Insight Enterprises is expected to post earnings of $4.38 per share on $7.2 billion in revenues. This represents a 35.19% change in EPS on a 7.37% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $4.65 per share on $7.4 billion in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of 6.09% and 2.81%, respectively.
Insight Enterprises may be at a 52-week high right now, but what might the future hold for NSIT? A key aspect of this question is taking a look at valuation metrics in order to determine if the company has run ahead of itself.
On this front, we can look at the Zacks Style Scores, as they provide investors with an additional way to sort through stocks (beyond looking at the Zacks Rank of a security). These styles are represented by grades running from A to F in the categories of Value, Growth, and Momentum, while there is a combined VGM Score as well. The idea behind the style scores is to help investors pick the most appropriate Zacks Rank stocks based on their individual investment style.
Insight Enterprises has a Value Score of A. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are A and C, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of A.
In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 10.9X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 10.6X versus its peer group's average of 10.6X. This isn't enough to put the company in the top echelon of all stocks we cover from a value perspective.
Insight Enterprises, Inc. Price and Consensus
We also need to look at the Zacks Rank for the stock, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, Insight Enterprises currently has a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) thanks to favorable earnings estimate revisions from covering analysts.
Since we recommend that investors select stocks carrying Zacks Rank of 1 or 2 (Buy) and Style Scores of A or B, it looks as if Insight Enterprises passes the test. Thus, it seems as though NSIT shares could have a bit more room to run in the near term.
How Does Insight Enterprises Stack Up to the Competition?
Shares of Insight Enterprises have been moving higher, and the company still appears to be a decent choice, but what about the rest of the industry? Some of its industry peers are also looking good, including Lithia Motors LAD , Burlington Stores BURL , and Expedia EXPE , all of which currently have a Zacks Rank of at least #2 and a VGM Score of at least B, making them well-rounded choices.
The Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 4% of all the industries we have in our universe, so it looks like there are some nice tailwinds for NSIT, even beyond its own solid fundamental situation.
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