Here at Zacks, we focus on our proven ranking system, which places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, to find winning stocks. But we also understand that investors develop their own strategies, so we are constantly looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong companies for our readers.
Of these, perhaps no stock market trend is more popular than value investing, which is a strategy that has proven to be successful in all sorts of market environments. Value investors use fundamental analysis and traditional valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are being undervalued by the market at large.
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.
Shoe Carnival (SCVL) is a stock many investors are watching right now. SCVL is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) and an A for Value.
Another valuation metric that we should highlight is SCVL's P/B ratio of 2.03. The P/B is a method of comparing a stock's market value to its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This stock's P/B looks solid versus its industry's average P/B of 3.75. Over the past 12 months, SCVL's P/B has been as high as 2.28 and as low as 1.20, with a median of 1.76.
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 prefered metric because revenue can't really be manipulated, so sales are often a truer performance indicator. SCVL has a P/S ratio of 0.58. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 0.59.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Shoe Carnival is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, SCVL sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.