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, value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. Value investors rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.
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 Westlake Chemical Partners (WLKP). WLKP is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy), as well as a Value grade of A. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 11.15. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 17.99. Over the past year, WLKP's Forward P/E has been as high as 15.56 and as low as 10.18, with a median of 12.39.
Investors will also notice that WLKP has a PEG ratio of 0.70. This figure is similar to the commonly-used P/E ratio, with the PEG ratio also factoring in a company's expected earnings growth rate. WLKP's industry currently sports an average PEG of 1.73. Over the past 52 weeks, WLKP's PEG has been as high as 5.35 and as low as 0.63, with a median of 3.61.
Value investors also frequently use the P/S ratio. This metric is found by dividing a stock's price with the company's revenue. This is a prefered metric because revenue can't really be manipulated, so sales are often a truer performance indicator. WLKP has a P/S ratio of 0.6. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.55.
These are only a few of the key metrics included in Westlake Chemical Partners'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, WLKP looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.
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