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Is Great Western Bancorp (GWB) a Great Value Stock Right Now?

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LKQ (LKQ) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.

Here at Zacks, we focus on our proven ranking system, which places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, to find winning stocks. But we also understand that investors develop their own strategies, so we are constantly looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong companies for our readers.

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 use tried-and-true metrics and fundamental analysis to find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.

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 company value investors might notice is Great Western Bancorp (GWB). GWB is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as an A grade for Value.

Another notable valuation metric for GWB is its P/B ratio of 1.04. The P/B is a method of comparing a stock's market value to its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. GWB's current P/B looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/B of 1.40. Over the past year, GWB's P/B has been as high as 1.50 and as low as 0.95, with a median of 1.31.

Finally, we should also recognize that GWB has a P/CF ratio of 10.21. This figure highlights a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find firms that are undervalued when considering their impressive cash outlook. This company's current P/CF looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 12.50. Within the past 12 months, GWB's P/CF has been as high as 17.11 and as low as 9.62, with a median of 14.64.

These are just a handful of the figures considered in Great Western Bancorp'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 GWB is an impressive value stock right now.


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