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Is Quanta Services (PWR) a Great Value Stock Right Now?

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Imax (IMAX) has an impressive earnings surprise history and currently possesses the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely beat in its next quarterly report.

Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Nevertheless, we are always paying attention to the latest value, growth, and momentum trends to underscore strong picks.

Considering these trends, value investing is clearly one of the most preferred ways to find strong stocks in any type of market. Value investors rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.

In addition to the Zacks Rank, investors looking for stocks with specific traits can utilize our Style Scores system. Of course, value investors will be most interested in the system's "Value" category. Stocks with "A" grades for Value and high Zacks Ranks are among the best value stocks available at any given moment.

One company value investors might notice is Quanta Services (PWR). PWR is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock is trading with P/E ratio of 9.53 right now. For comparison, its industry sports an average P/E of 12.36. Over the past 52 weeks, PWR's Forward P/E has been as high as 12.51 and as low as 8.48, with a median of 10.84.

We should also highlight that PWR has a P/B ratio of 1.33. 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. This company's current P/B looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/B of 1.58. PWR's P/B has been as high as 1.57 and as low as 1.09, with a median of 1.39, over the past year.

Value investors also use the P/S ratio. The P/S ratio is is calculated as price divided by sales. Some people prefer this metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement. This means it could be a truer performance indicator. PWR has a P/S ratio of 0.43. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 0.59.

Finally, our model also underscores that PWR has a P/CF ratio of 8.10. This data point considers a firm's operating cash flow and is frequently used to find companies that are undervalued when considering their solid cash outlook. This company's current P/CF looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 9.06. Over the past year, PWR's P/CF has been as high as 11.01 and as low as 7.26, with a median of 9.41.

Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Quanta Services is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, PWR sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.

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