While the proven Zacks Rank places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find strong stocks, we also know that investors tend to develop their own individual strategies. With this in mind, we are always looking at value, growth, and momentum trends to discover great companies.
Of these, perhaps no stock market trend is more popular than value investing, which is a strategy that has proven to be successful in all sorts of market environments. Value investors rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.
Zacks has developed the innovative Style Scores system to highlight stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will be interested in stocks with great grades in the "Value" category. When paired with a high Zacks Rank, "A" grades in the Value category are among the strongest value stocks on the market today.
One company value investors might notice is ADT (ADT). ADT is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock is trading with P/E ratio of 6.24 right now. For comparison, its industry sports an average P/E of 16.12. Over the past year, ADT's Forward P/E has been as high as 9.17 and as low as 5.35, with a median of 6.96.
We also note that ADT holds a PEG ratio of 0.72. 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. ADT's PEG compares to its industry's average PEG of 1.56. ADT's PEG has been as high as 0.77 and as low as 0.36, with a median of 0.48, all within the past year.
We should also highlight that ADT has a P/B ratio of 1.12. Investors use the P/B ratio to look at a stock's market value versus its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This stock's P/B looks attractive against its industry's average P/B of 1.93. Over the past year, ADT's P/B has been as high as 1.57 and as low as 1.03, with a median of 1.27.
Value investors also use the P/S ratio. The P/S ratio is is calculated as price divided by sales. This is a popular metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement, so they are often considered a better performance indicator. ADT has a P/S ratio of 0.97. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.33.
Finally, investors will want to recognize that ADT has a P/CF ratio of 3.11. This metric takes into account a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find stocks that are undervalued based on their solid cash outlook. ADT's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 9.79. Within the past 12 months, ADT's P/CF has been as high as 4.46 and as low as 2.17, with a median of 3.12.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that ADT is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, ADT sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.
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