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Korn/Ferry (KFY) Hits Fresh Highs: Is There Still Room to Run?

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Have you been paying attention to shares of Korn/Ferry InternationalKFY ? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 24.35% over the past month. KFY hit a new 52-week-high of $49.97 in the previous session. Korn/Ferry has gained 19.84% since the start of the year compared to the 7.5% move for the Business Services sector and the 9.06% year-to-date return for its peer group.

What's Driving the Outperformance?

The stock has an impressive record of positive earnings surprises, having beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last four quarters. In its last earnings report on March 6, 2018, Korn/Ferry reported EPS of $0.7 versus the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.59 while it beat the consensus revenue estimate by 7.46%.

For the current fiscal year, Korn/Ferry is expected to post earnings of $2.57 per share on $1.73 billion in revenues. This represents a 15.63% change in EPS on a 10.27% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $3.05 per share on $1.82 billion in revenues. This represents changes of 17.98% and 5.22%, respectively.

Valuation Metrics

Korn/Ferry may be at a 52-week high right now, but what might the future hold for KFY? A key aspect of this question is taking a look at valuation metrics in order to determine if the company is due for a pullback from this level.

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.

Korn/Ferry has a Value Score of C. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are B and A, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of B.

In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 19.28x current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 16.1x versus its peer group's average of 15.62x. This isn't enough to put the company in the top echelon of all stocks we cover from a value perspective.

Korn/Ferry International Price and Consensus

Korn/Ferry International Price and Consensus | Korn/Ferry International Quote

Zacks Rank

We also need to look at the Zacks Rank for the stock, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, Korn/Ferry currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) thanks to rising earnings estimates.

Since we recommend that investors select stocks carrying Zacks Rank of 1 (Strong Buy) or 2 and Style Scores of A or B, it looks as if Korn/Ferry meets the list of requirements. Thus, it seems as though KFY shares could have potential in the weeks and months to come.

How Does Korn/Ferry Stack Up to the Competition?

Shares of Korn/Ferry International have been soaring, 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 solid potential picks, including RANJY , NSP , and MAN , 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 11.32% of all the industries we have in our universe, so it looks like there are some nice tailwinds for KFY, even beyond its own solid fundamental situation.

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