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Lumber Liquidators Holdings (LL) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

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Lumber Liquidators Holdings (LL) closed the most recent trading day at $10.13, moving -0.59% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's 0.67% gain on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 0.82%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.78%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the hardwood floors retailer had lost 13.72% over the past month. This has lagged the Retail-Wholesale sector's gain of 2.27% and the S&P 500's gain of 1.25% in that time.

LL will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. In that report, analysts expect LL to post earnings of -$0.14 per share. This would mark a year-over-year decline of 100%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $270.05 million, up 3.16% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $0.50 per share and revenue of $1.13 billion, which would represent changes of -12.28% and +3.93%, respectively, from the prior year.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for LL. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.

The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 8.98% higher. LL is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Looking at its valuation, LL is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 20.44. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 11.87, which means LL is trading at a premium to the group.

It is also worth noting that LL currently has a PEG ratio of 0.74. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but this metric also takes the company's expected earnings growth rate into account. LL's industry had an average PEG ratio of 1.11 as of yesterday's close.

The Building Products - Retail industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 165, which puts it in the bottom 36% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank includes is listed in order from best to worst in terms of the average Zacks Rank of the individual companies within each of these sectors. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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