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XCel Brands (XELB) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

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In the latest trading session, XCel Brands (XELB) closed at $2.17, marking a +1.88% move from the previous day. The stock outpaced the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.16%. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 0.11%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 0.44%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the brand management company had gained 42.95% over the past month. This has outpaced the Retail-Wholesale sector's gain of 4.42% and the S&P 500's gain of 4% in that time.

XELB will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. In that report, analysts expect XELB to post earnings of $0.06 per share. This would mark a year-over-year decline of 25%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $10.20 million, up 23.49% from the prior-year quarter.

XELB's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $0.40 per share and revenue of $45.10 million. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +33.33% and +27.99%, respectively.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for XELB. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. 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, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant. XELB is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

In terms of valuation, XELB is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 5.32. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 11.37, which means XELB is trading at a discount to the group.

We can also see that XELB currently has a PEG ratio of 0.53. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. The Retail - Apparel and Shoes industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 1.27 as of yesterday's close.

The Retail - Apparel and Shoes industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 81, which puts it in the top 32% 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.

Make sure to utilize Zacks. Com to follow all of these stock-moving metrics, and more, in the coming trading sessions.


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