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 a variety of methods, including tried-and-true valuation metrics, to find these stocks.
Luckily, Zacks has developed its own Style Scores system in an effort to find stocks with specific traits. Value investors will be interested in the system's "Value" category. Stocks with both "A" grades in the Value category and high Zacks Ranks are among the strongest value stocks on the market right now.
One company value investors might notice is Manning & Napier (MN). MN is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 10.52, which compares to its industry's average of 12.95. Over the last 12 months, MN's Forward P/E has been as high as 22.83 and as low as 6.15, with a median of 9.89.
Finally, we should also recognize that MN has a P/CF ratio of 9.94. This metric takes into account a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find stocks that are undervalued based on their solid cash outlook. This stock's P/CF looks attractive against its industry's average P/CF of 17.67. Within the past 12 months, MN's P/CF has been as high as 44.10 and as low as 3.02, with a median of 7.13.
These are only a few of the key metrics included in Manning & Napier's strong Value grade, but they help show that the stock is likely undervalued right now. When factoring in the strength of its earnings outlook, MN looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.
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