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Is 1-800 FLOWERS.COM (FLWS) Outperforming Other Retail-Wholesale Stocks This Year?

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The Retail-Wholesale group has plenty of great stocks, but investors should always be looking for companies that are outperforming their peers. 1-800 FLOWERS.COM (FLWS) is a stock that can certainly grab the attention of many investors, but do its recent returns compare favorably to the sector as a whole? One simple way to answer this question is to take a look at the year-to-date performance of FLWS and the rest of the Retail-Wholesale group's stocks.

1-800 FLOWERS.COM is a member of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This group includes 218 individual stocks and currently holds a Zacks Sector Rank of #12. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different groups, measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the sector to gauge the strength of each group.

The Zacks Rank emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find stocks with improving earnings outlooks. This system has a long record of success, and these stocks tend to be on track to beat the market over the next one to three months. FLWS is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

Over the past three months, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for FLWS's full-year earnings has moved 11.38% higher. This means that analyst sentiment is stronger and the stock's earnings outlook is improving.

According to our latest data, FLWS has moved about 51.10% on a year-to-date basis. Meanwhile, the Retail-Wholesale sector has returned an average of 16% on a year-to-date basis. This shows that 1-800 FLOWERS.COM is outperforming its peers so far this year.

Looking more specifically, FLWS belongs to the Retail - Mail Order industry, a group that includes 3 individual stocks and currently sits at #32 in the Zacks Industry Rank. On average, stocks in this group have gained 31.93% this year, meaning that FLWS 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 FLWS as it looks to continue its solid performance.


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