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QRTEA vs. TRIP: Which Stock Is the Better Value Option?

Zacks Equity Research

Investors looking for stocks in the Internet - Commerce sector might want to consider either Qurate Retail (QRTEA) or TripAdvisor (TRIP). But which of these two stocks is more attractive to value investors? We'll need to take a closer look to find out.

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 proven Zacks Rank emphasizes companies with positive estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight stocks with specific traits.

Qurate Retail and TripAdvisor are sporting Zacks Ranks of #2 (Buy) and #4 (Sell), respectively, right now. This means that QRTEA's earnings estimate revision activity has been more impressive, so investors should feel comfortable with its improving analyst outlook. 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 highlights undervalued companies by looking at a variety of key metrics, including the popular P/E ratio, as well as the P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a variety of other fundamentals that have been used by value investors for years.

QRTEA currently has a forward P/E ratio of 5.15, while TRIP has a forward P/E of 21.08. We also note that QRTEA has a PEG ratio of 0.44. 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. TRIP currently has a PEG ratio of 1.24.

Another notable valuation metric for QRTEA is its P/B ratio of 0.73. 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, TRIP has a P/B of 3.42.

These metrics, and several others, help QRTEA earn a Value grade of A, while TRIP has been given a Value grade of D.

QRTEA has seen stronger estimate revision activity and sports more attractive valuation metrics than TRIP, so it seems like value investors will conclude that QRTEA is the superior option right now.


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