Have you been paying attention to shares of TC PipeLines, (TCP)? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 13.7% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $37.84 in the previous session. TC PipeLines, has gained 17.3% since the start of the year compared to the 13.8% move for the Zacks Oils-Energy sector and the 18.7% return for the Zacks Oil and Gas - Production Pipeline - MLB industry.
What's Driving the Outperformance?
The stock has an impressive record of positive earnings surprises, as it hasn't missed our earnings consensus estimate in any of the last four quarters. In its last earnings report on February 21, 2019, TC PipeLines, LP reported EPS of $1.06 versus consensus estimate of $0.83.
TC PipeLines, LP may be at a 52-week high right now, but what might the future hold for the stock? A key aspect of this question is taking a look at valuation metrics in order to determine if the company is due for a pullback from this level.
On this front, we can look at the Zacks Style Scores, as these give investors a variety of ways to comb through stocks (beyond looking at the Zacks Rank of a security). These styles are represented by grades running from A to F in the categories of Value, Growth, and Momentum, while there is a combined VGM Score as well. The idea behind the style scores is to help investors pick the most appropriate Zacks Rank stocks based on their individual investment style.
TC PipeLines, LP has a Value Score of D. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are A and B, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of B.
In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 11X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 5.7X versus its peer group's average of 7.1X. This isn't enough to put the company in the top echelon of all stocks we cover from a value perspective.
We also need to look at the Zacks Rank for the stock, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, TC PipeLines, LP currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) thanks to rising earnings estimates.
Since we recommend that investors select stocks carrying Zacks Rank of 1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) and Style Scores of A or B, it looks as if TC PipeLines, LP fits the bill. Thus, it seems as though TC PipeLines, LP shares could still be poised for more gains ahead.
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