Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Nevertheless, we are always paying attention to the latest value, growth, and momentum trends to underscore strong picks.
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.
In addition to the Zacks Rank, investors looking for stocks with specific traits can utilize our Style Scores system. Of course, value investors will be most interested in the system's "Value" category. Stocks with "A" grades for Value and high Zacks Ranks are among the best value stocks available at any given moment.
One company to watch right now is China Yuchai (CYD). CYD is currently holding a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) and a Value grade of A. The stock holds a P/E ratio of 4.96, while its industry has an average P/E of 10.04. Over the past year, CYD's Forward P/E has been as high as 8.10 and as low as 4.67, with a median of 6.33.
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 prefered metric because revenue can't really be manipulated, so sales are often a truer performance indicator. CYD has a P/S ratio of 0.24. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 0.39.
Finally, investors will want to recognize that CYD has a P/CF ratio of 3.51. This data point considers a firm's operating cash flow and is frequently used to find companies that are undervalued when considering their solid cash outlook. CYD's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 5.61. Over the past 52 weeks, CYD's P/CF has been as high as 4.72 and as low as 2.24, with a median of 3.60.
These figures are just a handful of the metrics value investors tend to look at, but they help show that China Yuchai is likely being undervalued right now. Considering this, as well as the strength of its earnings outlook, CYD feels like a great value stock at the moment.
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