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, value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. 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.
BrightSphere Investment Group (BSIG) is a stock many investors are watching right now. BSIG is currently holding a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) and a Value grade of A. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 8.65, which compares to its industry's average of 12.78. BSIG's Forward P/E has been as high as 9.01 and as low as 2.16, with a median of 5.55, all within the past year.
BSIG is also sporting a PEG ratio of 1.21. This popular figure is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also considers a company's expected EPS growth rate. BSIG's PEG compares to its industry's average PEG of 1.71. BSIG's PEG has been as high as 1.33 and as low as 0.29, with a median of 1.11, all within the past year.
Value investors also love the P/S ratio, which is calculated by simply dividing a stock's price with the company's 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. BSIG has a P/S ratio of 1.25. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.69.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in BrightSphere Investment Group'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 BSIG is an impressive value stock right now.
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