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Is Ulta Beauty (ULTA) Outperforming Other Retail-Wholesale Stocks This Year?


Investors focused on the Retail-Wholesale space have likely heard of Ulta Beauty (ULTA), but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? By taking a look at the stock's year-to-date performance in comparison to its Retail-Wholesale peers, we might be able to answer that question.

Ulta Beauty is one of 216 companies in the Retail-Wholesale group. The Retail-Wholesale group currently sits at #9 within the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank gauges the strength of our 16 individual sector groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups.

The Zacks Rank is a proven system that emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions, highlighting a variety of stocks that are displaying the right characteristics to beat the market over the next one to three months. ULTA is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

Over the past 90 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for ULTA's full-year earnings has moved 1.75% higher. This signals that analyst sentiment is improving and the stock's earnings outlook is more positive.

Based on the latest available data, ULTA has gained about 11.95% so far this year. At the same time, Retail-Wholesale stocks have gained an average of 6.95%. This shows that Ulta Beauty is outperforming its peers so far this year.

Looking more specifically, ULTA belongs to the Retail – Miscellaneous industry, which includes 15 individual stocks and currently sits at #187 in the Zacks Industry Rank. On average, this group has lost an average of 2.49% so far this year, meaning that ULTA is performing better in terms of year-to-date returns.

Going forward, investors interested in Retail-Wholesale stocks should continue to pay close attention to ULTA as it looks to continue its solid performance.

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