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.
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 a variety of methods, including tried-and-true valuation metrics, to find these stocks.
On top of the Zacks Rank, investors can also look at our innovative Style Scores system to find stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will want to focus on the "Value" category. Stocks with high Zacks Ranks and "A" grades for Value will be some of the highest-quality value stocks on the market today.
One company value investors might notice is Axa (AXAHY). AXAHY is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock is trading with P/E ratio of 7.46 right now. For comparison, its industry sports an average P/E of 9.76. Over the last 12 months, AXAHY's Forward P/E has been as high as 9.49 and as low as 6.59, with a median of 8.07.
Investors should also note that AXAHY holds a PEG ratio of 0.96. This popular figure is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also considers a company's expected EPS growth rate. AXAHY's PEG compares to its industry's average PEG of 1.24. Within the past year, AXAHY's PEG has been as high as 1.30 and as low as 0.36, with a median of 0.91.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in Axa'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 AXAHY is an impressive value stock right now.
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