The proven Zacks Rank system focuses on earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find winning stocks. Nevertheless, we know that our readers all have their own perspectives, so we are always looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong picks.
Looking at the history of these trends, perhaps none is more beloved than value investing. This strategy simply looks to identify companies that are being undervalued by the broader market. Value investors use a variety of methods, including tried-and-true valuation metrics, to find these stocks.
Zacks has developed the innovative Style Scores system to highlight stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will be interested in stocks with great grades in the "Value" category. When paired with a high Zacks Rank, "A" grades in the Value category are among the strongest value stocks on the market today.
One company value investors might notice is Rosehill Resources (ROSE). ROSE is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 5.25, which compares to its industry's average of 13.85. Over the past 52 weeks, ROSE's Forward P/E has been as high as 137.41 and as low as -211.95, with a median of 5.69.
Another valuation metric that we should highlight is ROSE's P/B ratio of 0.95. 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. ROSE's current P/B looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/B of 1.89. ROSE's P/B has been as high as 11.02 and as low as -3.90, with a median of 0.82, over the past year.
Value investors also love the P/S ratio, which is calculated by simply dividing a stock's price with the company's sales. This is a popular metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement, so they are often considered a better performance indicator. ROSE has a P/S ratio of 0.53. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.28.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Rosehill Resources is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, ROSE sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.
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