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Foot Locker, Inc. (FL) Hit a 52 Week High, Can the Run Continue?

Have you been paying attention to shares of Foot Locker (FL)? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 17.7% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $45.66 in the previous session. Foot Locker has gained 19.7% since the start of the year compared to the 13.4% move for the Zacks Retail-Wholesale sector and the 22.3% return for the Zacks Retail - Apparel and Shoes 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 November 18, 2022, Foot Locker reported EPS of $1.27 versus consensus estimate of $1.09 while it beat the consensus revenue estimate by 2.73%.

For the current fiscal year, Foot Locker is expected to post earnings of $4.38 per share on $8.56 billion in revenues. Meanwhile, for the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $4.60 per share on $8.38 billion in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of -2.35% and -2.07%, respectively.

Valuation Metrics

Foot Locker 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 has run ahead of itself.

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.

Foot Locker has a Value Score of A. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are F and B, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of B.

In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 10.3X current fiscal year EPS estimates, which is not in-line with the peer industry average of 14.2X. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 4.5X versus its peer group's average of 4.6X. This isn't enough to put the company in the top echelon of all stocks we cover from a value perspective.

Zacks Rank

We also need to consider the stock's Zacks Rank, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, Foot Locker 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 Foot Locker passes the test. Thus, it seems as though Foot Locker shares could still be poised for more gains ahead.

How Does FL Stack Up to the Competition?

Shares of FL have been soaring, and the company still appears to be a decent choice, but what about the rest of the industry? One industry peer that looks good is Industria de Diseno Textil SA (IDEXY). IDEXY has a Zacks Rank of # 2 (Buy) and a Value Score of C, a Growth Score of A, and a Momentum Score of F.

Earnings were strong last quarter. Industria de Diseno Textil SA beat our consensus estimate by 100%, and for the current fiscal year, IDEXY is expected to post earnings of $0.74 per share on revenue of $34.82 billion.

Shares of Industria de Diseno Textil SA have gained 15.2% over the past month, and currently trade at a forward P/E of 21.55X and a P/CF of 13.72X.

The Retail - Apparel and Shoes industry may rank in the bottom 68% of all the industries we have in our universe, but there still looks like there are some nice tailwinds for FL and IDEXY, even beyond their own solid fundamental situation.

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