Technology

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: GPI, LAD, THO, RCII and SMG

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – October 14, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Group 1 Automotive, Inc. GPI, Lithia Motors, Inc. LAD, Thor Industries, Inc. THO, RentACenter, Inc. RCII and The Scotts MiracleGro Co. SMG.

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Estimates Rising in These 3 Sectors Ahead of Q3 Earnings

Earnings season gets into full swing this week as the big banks start reporting. And within the next few weeks we’ll have a better idea about the impact of the virus and the economy on companies, and therefore, our investments.  

It’s when we’ll get to know which companies could battle the storm better than others, which ones were temporarily boosted and which ones suffered temporarily but remain strong longer-term players.

All the conversation will revolve around the companies that met, exceeded or missed estimates. But it’s important to remember that not all estimates are created equal. When a company beats estimates easily, it may be that it genuinely did well. Or it may be that the expectations were set too low (as happened pretty broadly in the last quarter).

And then, there are those on which analysts acquire new information that makes them even more optimistic. So they raise estimates even before the earnings announcement. Buying these stocks early sets you up for bigger gains after the announcement. That’s what these picks are about because each of these companies have seen a 20%+ upward revision in estimates in the last four weeks-

Group 1 Automotive, Inc.

Through its 119 dealerships in the U.S., 50 dealerships in the UK and 17 dealerships in Brazil, Group 1 Automotive is one of the largest automotive retailers in the world. It sells new and used cars and light trucks, after-market services, as well as maintenance and repair services.

Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy)

Growth Score A

Industry: Automotive - Retail and Whole Sales (top 1%, the top 50% outperform the bottom 50% of Zacks-classified industries by a factor of more than 2 to 1)

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the to-be-reported quarter is up 29.87% in the last four weeks.

Valuation: The price to forward 12 months’ earnings (P/E) is 9.15X, which between the median value of 8.21X and much lower the high point of 9.75X over the past year. It’s also below the S&P 500’s 22.60X. So there is upside potential.

Lithia Motors, Inc.

Lithia Motors, is one of the leading retailers of new and used vehicles, and related services in the U.S. offering 28 vehicle brands across 181 stores in 18 states and through its Lithia.com and DCHauto.com websites.

Zacks Rank #1

Growth Score A

Industry: Automotive - Retail and Whole Sales (top 1%)

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the to-be-reported quarter is up 57.96% in the last four weeks.

Valuation: The price to forward 12 months’ earnings (P/E) is 14.88X, which is close to the median value of 12.25X and much lower than its high point of 20.41X over the past year. It’s also below the S&P 500’s 22.60X. So upside potential exists.

Thor Industries, Inc.

Thor Industries, through its subsidiaries, is the largest manufacturer of RVs in the world. The American company builds a variety of RVs in North America and Europe, and sells those vehicles along with related parts and accessories to independent, non-franchise dealers throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Zacks Rank #1

Growth Score A

Industry: Building Products - Mobile Homes and RV Builders (top 8%)

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the to-be-reported quarter is up 22.16% in the last four weeks.

Valuation: The price to forward 12 months’ earnings (P/E) is 14.13X, which is close to the median value of 13.79X and much lower than its high point of 35.90X over the past year. It’s also below the S&P 500’s 22.60X. So there’s quite a bit of scope for upside.

RentACenter, Inc.

Rent-A-Center, Inc. is the largest rent-to-own operator in the United States, offering durable goods such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories.

Zacks Rank #1

Growth Score A

Industry: Consumer Services - Miscellaneous (top 27%)

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the to-be-reported quarter is up 64.23% in the last four weeks.

Valuation: The price to forward 12 months’ earnings (P/E) is 10.07X, which is below the median value of 10.50X over the past year. It’s also below the S&P 500’s 22.60X. So the shares are undervalued.

The Scotts MiracleGro Co.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is a leading producer and marketer of branded garden and consumer lawn products including lawn care, gardening and landscape, hydroponics.

Zacks Rank #2 (Buy)

Growth Score A

Industry: Fertilizers (top 40%)

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the to-be-reported quarter is up 118.42% in the last four weeks.

Valuation: The price to forward 12 months’ earnings (P/E) is 21.34X, which is below the median value of 21.63X over the past year. It’s also below the S&P 500’s 22.60X. So the shares are undervalued.

Looking for Stocks with Skyrocketing Upside?

Zacks has just released a Special Report on the booming investment opportunities of legal marijuana.

Ignited by referendums and legislation, this industry is expected to blast from an already robust $17.7 billion in 2019 to a staggering $73.6 billion by 2027. Early investors stand to make a killing, but you have to be ready to act and know just where to look.

See the pot stocks we're targeting >>

Join us on Facbook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Zacks-Investment-Research/57553657748?ref=ts

Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities (including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such affiliates.

Media Contact

Zacks Investment Research

800-767-3771 ext. 9339

support@zacks.com                       

http://www.zacks.com

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment is the potential for loss. This material is being provided for informational purposes only and nothing herein constitutes investment, legal, accounting or tax advice, or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a security. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. It should not be assumed that any investments in securities, companies, sectors or markets identified and described were or will be profitable. All information is current as of the date of herein and is subject to change without notice. Any views or opinions expressed may not reflect those of the firm as a whole. Zacks Investment Research does not engage in investment banking, market making or asset management activities of any securities. These returns are from hypothetical portfolios consisting of stocks with Zacks Rank = 1 that were rebalanced monthly with zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual portfolios of stocks. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index. Visit http://www.zacks.com/performancefor information about the performance numbers displayed in this press release.


Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report
 
RentACenter, Inc. (RCII): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
Thor Industries, Inc. (THO): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
Lithia Motors, Inc. (LAD): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
The Scotts MiracleGro Company (SMG): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (GPI): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
To read this article on Zacks.com click here.
 
Zacks Investment Research

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

Latest Technology Videos

    The Robo Advisor vs. Human Element of Investing

    Investopedia Editor-in-Chief Caleb Silver discusses the Robo Advisor vs. Human element of investing. #NationalFinancialPlanning

    2 days ago

    Zacks

    Zacks is the leading investment research firm focusing on stock research, analysis and recommendations. In 1978, our founder discovered the power of earnings estimate revisions to enable profitable investment decisions. Today, that discovery is still the heart of the Zacks Rank. A wealth of resources for individual investors is available at www.zacks.com.

    Learn More