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Simply Good Foods (SMPL) Is Up 1.71% in One Week: What You Should Know

Momentum investing revolves around the idea of following a stock's recent trend in either direction. In the 'long' context, investors will be essentially be "buying high, but hoping to sell even higher." With this methodology, taking advantage of trends in a stock's price is key; once a stock establishes a course, it is more than likely to continue moving that way. The goal is that once a stock heads down a fixed path, it will lead to timely and profitable trades.

While many investors like to look for momentum in stocks, this can be very tough to define. There is a lot of debate surrounding which metrics are the best to focus on and which are poor quality indicators of future performance. The Zacks Momentum Style Score, part of the Zacks Style Scores, helps address this issue for us.

Below, we take a look at Simply Good Foods (SMPL), a company that currently holds a Momentum Style Score of B. We also talk about price change and earnings estimate revisions, two of the main aspects of the Momentum Style Score.

It's also important to note that Style Scores work as a complement to the Zacks Rank, our stock rating system that has an impressive track record of outperformance. Simply Good Foods currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy). Our research shows that stocks rated Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and #2 (Buy) and Style Scores of A or B outperform the market over the following one-month period.

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Set to Beat the Market?

In order to see if SMPL is a promising momentum pick, let's examine some Momentum Style elements to see if this nutritional foods company holds up.

Looking at a stock's short-term price activity is a great way to gauge if it has momentum, since this can reflect both the current interest in a stock and if buyers or sellers have the upper hand at the moment. It's also helpful to compare a security to its industry; this can show investors the best companies in a particular area.

For SMPL, shares are up 1.71% over the past week while the Zacks Food - Confectionery industry is up 0.73% over the same time period. Shares are looking quite well from a longer time frame too, as the monthly price change of 8.17% compares favorably with the industry's 7.09% performance as well.

While any stock can see a spike in price, it takes a real winner to consistently outperform the market. Shares of Simply Good Foods have increased 13.09% over the past quarter, and have gained 75.25% in the last year. On the other hand, the S&P 500 has only moved 10.34% and 12.96%, respectively.

Investors should also pay attention to SMPL's average 20-day trading volume. Volume is a useful item in many ways, and the 20-day average establishes a good price-to-volume baseline; a rising stock with above average volume is generally a bullish sign, whereas a declining stock on above average volume is typically bearish. SMPL is currently averaging 387,029 shares for the last 20 days.

Earnings Outlook

The Zacks Momentum Style Score encompasses many things, including estimate revisions and a stock's price movement. Investors should note that earnings estimates are also significant to the Zacks Rank, and a nice path here can be promising. We have recently been noticing this with SMPL.

Over the past two months, 3 earnings estimates moved higher compared to none lower for the full year. These revisions helped boost SMPL's consensus estimate, increasing from $0.62 to $0.64 in the past 60 days. Looking at the next fiscal year, 1 estimate has moved upwards while there have been 1 downward revision in the same time period.

Bottom Line

Taking into account all of these elements, it should come as no surprise that SMPL is a #2 (Buy) stock with a Momentum Score of B. If you've been searching for a fresh pick that's set to rise in the near-term, make sure to keep Simply Good Foods on your short list.


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