Shutterfly (SFLY) Soars to a 52-Week High, Time to Cash Out?

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Have you been paying attention to shares of Shutterfly, Inc.SFLY ? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 12.91% over the past month. SFLY hit a new 52-week high of $81.27 in the previous session. The stock has gained 62.63% since the start of the year compared to the 5.49% move for the Computer and Technology sector and the 10.95% year-to-date return for its peer group.

What's Driving the Outperformance?

The stock has a fantastic record of positive earnings surprises, having beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last four quarters. In its last earnings report on January 30, 2018, Shutterfly reported EPS of $3.11 versus the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.91 while it beat the consensus revenue estimate by 6.6%.

For the current fiscal year, Shutterfly is expected to post earnings of $2.09 per share on $1.24 billion in revenues. This represents a 99.05% change in EPS on a 4.41% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $2.52 per share on $1.34 billion in revenues. This represents changes of 20.61% and 7.65%, respectively.

Valuation Metrics

Shutterfly may be at a 52-week high right now, but what might the future hold for SFLY? 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 these give investors a variety of ways to comb 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.

Shutterfly has a Value Score of B. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are A and F, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of B.

In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 38.67x current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 17.12x versus its peer group's average of 28.58x. This isn't enough to put the company in the top echelon of all stocks we cover from a value perspective.

Shutterfly, Inc. Price and Consensus

Shutterfly, Inc. Price and Consensus | Shutterfly, Inc. 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, Shutterfly 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 Shutterfly fits the bill. Thus, it seems as though SFLY shares could still be poised for more gains ahead.

How Does Shutterfly Stack Up to the Competition?

Shares of Shutterfly have been rising, 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 impressive, including TTGT , RELX , and YY , 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.

However, it is worth noting that the Zacks Industry Rank for this group is in the bottom half of the ranking, so it isn't all good news for Shutterfly. Still, the fundamentals for SFLY are promising, and it still has potential despite being at a 52-week high.

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