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KN or HIVE: Which Is the Better Value Stock Right Now?

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Investors with an interest in Communication - Components stocks have likely encountered both Knowles (KN) and Aerohive Networks (HIVE). But which of these two companies is the best option for those looking for undervalued stocks? Let's take a closer look.

There are plenty of strategies for discovering value stocks, but we have found that pairing a strong Zacks Rank with an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system produces the best returns. The Zacks Rank favors stocks with strong earnings estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight companies with specific traits.

Knowles has a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy), while Aerohive Networks has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now. This means that KN's earnings estimate revision activity has been more impressive, so investors should feel comfortable with its improving analyst outlook. But this is just one factor that value investors are interested in.

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.

The Style Score Value grade factors in a variety of key fundamental metrics, including the popular P/E ratio, P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a number of other key stats that are commonly used by value investors.

KN currently has a forward P/E ratio of 15.36, while HIVE has a forward P/E of 59.86. We also note that KN has a PEG ratio of 1.54. This popular figure is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also considers a company's expected EPS growth rate. HIVE currently has a PEG ratio of 2.72.

Another notable valuation metric for KN is its P/B ratio of 1.26. Investors use the P/B ratio to look at a stock's market value versus its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. By comparison, HIVE has a P/B of 13.85.

These metrics, and several others, help KN earn a Value grade of B, while HIVE has been given a Value grade of F.

KN sticks out from HIVE in both our Zacks Rank and Style Scores models, so value investors will likely feel that KN is the better option right now.


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