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RMBS or HIMX: Which Is the Better Value Stock Right Now?

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Investors interested in Electronics - Semiconductors stocks are likely familiar with Rambus (RMBS) and Himax Tech (HIMX). But which of these two stocks is more attractive to value investors? We'll need to take a closer look to find out.

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

Rambus has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), while Himax Tech has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now. This system places an emphasis on companies that have seen positive earnings estimate revisions, so investors should feel comfortable knowing that RMBS is likely seeing its earnings outlook improve to a greater extent. But this is just one piece of the puzzle for value investors.

Value investors are also interested in a number of tried-and-true valuation metrics that help show when a company is undervalued at its current share price levels.

Our Value category grades stocks based on a number of key metrics, including the tried-and-true P/E ratio, the P/S ratio, earnings yield, and cash flow per share, as well as a variety of other fundamentals that value investors frequently use.

RMBS currently has a forward P/E ratio of 13.11, while HIMX has a forward P/E of 241.54. We also note that RMBS has a PEG ratio of 1.31. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. HIMX currently has a PEG ratio of 9.66.

Another notable valuation metric for RMBS is its P/B ratio of 1.11. The P/B ratio is used to compare a stock's market value with its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. For comparison, HIMX has a P/B of 2.48.

These metrics, and several others, help RMBS earn a Value grade of B, while HIMX has been given a Value grade of D.

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


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