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.
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 stock to keep an eye on is Cosan (CZZ). CZZ is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) and an A for Value. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 14.16. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 16.91. Over the past year, CZZ's Forward P/E has been as high as 19.16 and as low as 3.05, with a median of 13.56.
Another valuation metric that we should highlight is CZZ's P/B ratio of 0.86. The P/B ratio pits a stock's market value against its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This stock's P/B looks solid versus its industry's average P/B of 1.26. Within the past 52 weeks, CZZ's P/B has been as high as 0.87 and as low as 0.34, with a median of 0.57.
Finally, investors will want to recognize that CZZ has a P/CF ratio of 3.74. 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. CZZ's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 5.97. Over the past 52 weeks, CZZ's P/CF has been as high as 3.80 and as low as 1.81, with a median of 3.11.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in Cosan'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 CZZ is an impressive value stock right now.
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