Investors interested in Banks - Major Regional stocks are likely familiar with Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) and Comerica Incorporated (CMA). But which of these two stocks offers value investors a better bang for their buck right now? We'll need to take a closer look.
Everyone has their own methods for finding great value opportunities, but our model includes pairing an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system with a strong Zacks Rank. The Zacks Rank favors stocks with strong earnings estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight companies with specific traits.
Currently, both Fifth Third Bancorp and Comerica Incorporated are holding a Zacks Rank of # 2 (Buy). This system places an emphasis on companies that have seen positive earnings estimate revisions, so investors should feel comfortable knowing that these stocks have improving earnings outlooks. But this is only part of the picture for value investors.
Value investors also try to analyze a wide range of traditional figures and metrics to help determine whether a company is undervalued at its current share price levels.
Our Value category grades stocks based on a number of key metrics, including the tried-and-true P/E ratio, the P/S ratio, earnings yield, and cash flow per share, as well as a variety of other fundamentals that value investors frequently use.
FITB currently has a forward P/E ratio of 11.29, while CMA has a forward P/E of 12.67. We also note that FITB has a PEG ratio of 1.37. 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. CMA currently has a PEG ratio of 1.70.
Another notable valuation metric for FITB is its P/B ratio of 1.54. The P/B ratio is used to compare a stock's market value with its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. For comparison, CMA has a P/B of 1.72.
Based on these metrics and many more, FITB holds a Value grade of B, while CMA has a Value grade of D.
Both FITB and CMA are impressive stocks with solid earnings outlooks, but based on these valuation figures, we feel that FITB is the superior value option right now.
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