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SMGZY vs. SWCH: Which Stock Should Value Investors Buy Now?

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Investors interested in Technology Services stocks are likely familiar with Smiths Group PLC (SMGZY) and Switch (SWCH). 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.

Everyone has their own methods for finding great value opportunities, but our model includes pairing an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system with a strong Zacks Rank. The Zacks Rank favors stocks with strong earnings estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight companies with specific traits.

Currently, Smiths Group PLC has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), while Switch has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold). This means that SMGZY'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 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.

The Style Score Value grade factors in a variety of key fundamental metrics, including the popular P/E ratio, P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a number of other key stats that are commonly used by value investors.

SMGZY currently has a forward P/E ratio of 15.12, while SWCH has a forward P/E of 69.59. We also note that SMGZY has a PEG ratio of 2.59. 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. SWCH currently has a PEG ratio of 6.02.

Another notable valuation metric for SMGZY is its P/B ratio of 2.44. 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. By comparison, SWCH has a P/B of 4.11.

These are just a few of the metrics contributing to SMGZY's Value grade of A and SWCH's Value grade of F.

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

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