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Here is Why Growth Investors Should Buy Sunoco LP (SUN) Now

Sunoco LP (SUN) is well positioned to outperform the market, as it exhibits above-average growth in financials.

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Growth investors focus on stocks that are seeing above-average financial growth, as this feature helps these securities garner the market's attention and deliver solid returns. But finding a growth stock that can live up to its true potential can be a tough task.

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That's because, these stocks usually carry above-average risk and volatility. In fact, betting on a stock for which the growth story is actually over or nearing its end could lead to significant loss.

However, it's pretty easy to find cutting-edge growth stocks with the help of the Zacks Growth Style Score (part of the Zacks Style Scores system), which looks beyond the traditional growth attributes to analyze a company's real growth prospects.

Sunoco LP (SUN) is on the list of such stocks currently recommended by our proprietary system. In addition to a favorable Growth Score, it carries a top Zacks Rank.

Research shows that stocks carrying the best growth features consistently beat the market. And for stocks that have a combination of a Growth Score of A or B and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy), returns are even better.

Here are three of the most important factors that make the stock of this master limited partnership a great growth pick right now.

Earnings Growth

Earnings growth is arguably the most important factor, as stocks exhibiting exceptionally surging profit levels tend to attract the attention of most investors. And for growth investors, double-digit earnings growth is definitely preferable, and often an indication of strong prospects (and stock price gains) for the company under consideration.

While the historical EPS growth rate for Sunoco LP is 6.6%, investors should actually focus on the projected growth. The company's EPS is expected to grow 734.2% this year, crushing the industry average, which calls for EPS growth of 13.3%.

Impressive Asset Utilization Ratio

Growth investors often overlook asset utilization ratio, also known as sales-to-total-assets (S/TA) ratio, but it is an important feature of a real growth stock. This metric shows how efficiently a firm is utilizing its assets to generate sales.

Right now, Sunoco LP has an S/TA ratio of 2.79, which means that the company gets $2.79 in sales for each dollar in assets. Comparing this to the industry average of 1, it can be said that the company is more efficient.

In addition to efficiency in generating sales, sales growth plays an important role. And Sunoco LP looks attractive from a sales growth perspective as well. The company's sales are expected to grow 48.1% this year versus the industry average of 27%.

Promising Earnings Estimate Revisions

Superiority of a stock in terms of the metrics outlined above can be further validated by looking at the trend in earnings estimate revisions. A positive trend is of course favorable here. Empirical research shows that there is a strong correlation between trends in earnings estimate revisions and near-term stock price movements.

There have been upward revisions in current-year earnings estimates for Sunoco LP. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has surged 3.9% over the past month.

Bottom Line

While the overall earnings estimate revisions have made Sunoco LP a Zacks Rank #2 stock, it has earned itself a Growth Score of A based on a number of factors, including the ones discussed above.

You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

This combination indicates that Sunoco LP is a potential outperformer and a solid choice for growth investors.



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