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RNGR or RES: Which Is the Better Value Stock Right Now?

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Investors with an interest in Oil and Gas - Field Services stocks have likely encountered both Ranger Energy Services, Inc. (RNGR) and RPC (RES). But which of these two stocks offers value investors a better bang for their buck right now? We'll need to take a closer look.

The best way to find great value stocks is to pair a strong Zacks Rank with an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system. The Zacks Rank favors stocks with strong earnings estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight companies with specific traits.

Ranger Energy Services, Inc. and RPC are sporting Zacks Ranks of #2 (Buy) and #3 (Hold), respectively, right now. This means that RNGR'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 tend to look at a number of traditional, tried-and-true figures to help them find stocks that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.

The Value category of the Style Scores system identifies undervalued companies by looking at a number of key metrics. These include the long-favored P/E ratio, P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a variety of other fundamentals that help us determine a company's fair value.

RNGR currently has a forward P/E ratio of 12.09, while RES has a forward P/E of 42.79. We also note that RNGR has a PEG ratio of 2.42. 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. RES currently has a PEG ratio of 3.55.

Another notable valuation metric for RNGR is its P/B ratio of 0.68. 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, RES has a P/B of 2.91.

Based on these metrics and many more, RNGR holds a Value grade of B, while RES has a Value grade of C.

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


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