Here at Zacks, we focus on our proven ranking system, which places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, to find winning stocks. But we also understand that investors develop their own strategies, so we are constantly looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong companies for our readers.
Looking at the history of these trends, perhaps none is more beloved than value investing. This strategy simply looks to identify companies that are being undervalued by the broader market. Value investors use fundamental analysis and traditional valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are being undervalued by the market at large.
On top of the Zacks Rank, investors can also look at our innovative Style Scores system to find stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will want to focus on the "Value" category. Stocks with high Zacks Ranks and "A" grades for Value will be some of the highest-quality value stocks on the market today.
One company value investors might notice is Avis Budget Group (CAR). CAR is currently holding a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and a Value grade of A. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 8.05. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 17.21. Over the last 12 months, CAR's Forward P/E has been as high as 19.01 and as low as 4.72, with a median of 8.13.
Value investors also use the P/S ratio. The P/S ratio is is calculated as price divided by sales. This is a prefered metric because revenue can't really be manipulated, so sales are often a truer performance indicator. CAR has a P/S ratio of 0.79. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.01.
Another great Business - Services stock you could consider is Concentrix (CNXC), which is a # 2 (Buy) stock with a Value Score of A.
Concentrix is trading at a forward earnings multiple of 9.26 at the moment, with a PEG ratio of 0.78. This compares to its industry's average P/E of 17.21 and average PEG ratio of 1.01.
Over the past year, CNXC's P/E has been as high as 17.29, as low as 8.55, with a median of 11.86; its PEG ratio has been as high as 1.06, as low as 0.62, with a median of 0.48 during the same time period.
Concentrix also has a P/B ratio of 2.33 compared to its industry's price-to-book ratio of 2.54. Over the past year, its P/B ratio has been as high as 4.11, as low as 2.16, with a median of 2.90.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in Avis Budget Group and Concentrix's great Value grade. Still, they help show that the stock is likely being undervalued at the moment. Add this to the strength of its earnings outlook, and we can clearly see that CAR and CNXC is an impressive value stock right now.
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