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Zacks.com featured highlights include Lithia Motors, Signet Jewelers, Celestica and Vishay Intertechnology

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – June 29, 2022 – Stocks in this week’s article are Lithia Motors, Inc. LAD, Signet Jewelers Ltd. SIG, Celestica Inc. CLS and Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. VSH.

Pick These 4 Low PC/F Stocks to Uplift Your Portfolio

Value style is considered one of the best practices when it comes to picking stocks. Value investing is essentially about selecting stocks that are fundamentally sound but have been beaten down by some external factors. Such stocks are poised to bounce back as and when investors recognize the inherent value of companies. Certainly, the value investment strategy best suits investors with a long-term horizon.

There are different valuation metrics to determine a stock's inherent strength. Still, a random selection of a ratio cannot serve your purpose if you want a realistic assessment of a company's financial position. For this, we would suggest the Price to Cash Flow (or P/CF) ratio as one of the key metrics.

This metric evaluates the market price of a stock relative to the amount of cash flow that the company is generating on a per-share basis – the lower the number, the better. One of the important factors that make P/CF a highly dependable metric is that operating cash flow adds back non-cash charges such as depreciation and amortization to net income, truly diagnosing a company's financial health.

Analysts caution that a company's earnings are subject to accounting estimates and management manipulation. However, cash flow is reliable. Net cash flow unveils how much money a company is actually generating and how effectively management is deploying the same.

Positive cash flow indicates an increase in a company's liquid assets. It gives the company the means to settle debt, meet its expenses, reinvest in its business, endure downturns and finally pay back its shareholders. Negative cash flow implies a decline in the company's liquidity, which in turn lowers its flexibility to support these moves.

However, solely based on the P/CF metric, an investment decision may not fetch the desired results. To identify stocks trading at a discount, you should expand your search criteria and consider price-to-book ratio, price-to-earnings ratio, and price-to-sales ratio. Adding a favorable Zacks Rank and a Value Score of A or B to your search criteria should lead to even better results as these eliminate the chance of falling into a value trap.

The Bargain Hunting Strategy

Here are four of the 11 stocks that qualified the screening:

Lithia Motors, Inc., which operates as an automotive retailer in the United States, has a Zacks Rank #1 and an expected EPS growth rate of 6.2% for three-five years. The company has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 30.5%, on average. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Lithia Motors's current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 29.9% and 19.5%, respectively, from the year-ago period. Lithia Motors has a Value Score of A. Shares of LAD have declined 13.8% in the past year.

Signet Jewelers Ltd., the world's largest retailer of diamond jewelry, sports a Zacks Rank #1. It has an expected EPS growth rate of 8% for three-five years. The company has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 65.5%, on average.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Signet's current financial-year sales and EPS suggests growth of 5.1% and 1.6%, respectively, from the year-ago period. SIG has a Value Score of A. The stock has fallen 22.6% in the past year.

Celestica Inc., a leader in design, manufacturing and supply-chain solutions for the world's most innovative companies, carries a Zacks Rank #2. It has an expected EPS growth rate of 15.4% for three-five years. The company has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 12.6%, on average.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Celestica's current financial-year sales and EPS suggests growth of 16.5% and 29.2%, respectively, from the year-ago period. CLS has a Value Score of A. The stock has advanced 28.5% in the past year.

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., which manufactures and supplies discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components, has a Zacks Rank #2 and an expected EPS growth rate of 22.7% for three-five years. The company has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 5%, on average.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for VSH's current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 6.8% and 15.5%, respectively, from the year-ago period. Vishay Intertechnology has a Value Score of A. Shares of VSH have declined 18.2% in the past year.

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