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.
Considering these trends, value investing is clearly one of the most preferred ways to find strong stocks in any type of market. Value investors use tried-and-true metrics and fundamental analysis to find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.
Luckily, Zacks has developed its own Style Scores system in an effort to find stocks with specific traits. Value investors will be interested in the system's "Value" category. Stocks with both "A" grades in the Value category and high Zacks Ranks are among the strongest value stocks on the market right now.
Triple-S Management (GTS) is a stock many investors are watching right now. GTS is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 12.46. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 18.25. Over the past year, GTS's Forward P/E has been as high as 21.20 and as low as 12.05, with a median of 15.09.
GTS is also sporting a PEG ratio of 1.25. 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. GTS's PEG compares to its industry's average PEG of 1.42. Over the last 12 months, GTS's PEG has been as high as 2.12 and as low as 1.20, with a median of 1.51.
Finally, investors should note that GTS has a P/CF ratio of 13.55. This metric focuses on a firm's operating cash flow and is often used to find stocks that are undervalued based on the strength of their cash outlook. This stock's P/CF looks attractive against its industry's average P/CF of 16.33. Over the past 52 weeks, GTS's P/CF has been as high as 27.38 and as low as 6.96, with a median of 9.60.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in Triple-S Management's great Value grade. Still, they help show that the stock is likely being undervalued at the moment. Add this to the strength of its earnings outlook, and we can clearly see that GTS is an impressive value stock right now.
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