Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Nevertheless, we are always paying attention to the latest value, growth, and momentum trends to underscore strong picks.
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 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.
International Consolidated Airlines (ICAGY) is a stock many investors are watching right now. ICAGY is currently holding a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) and a Value grade of A. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 5.64. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 9.99. ICAGY's Forward P/E has been as high as 8.20 and as low as 5.31, with a median of 6.80, all within the past year.
Value investors also use the P/S ratio. The P/S ratio is is calculated as price divided by sales. This is a prefered metric because revenue can't really be manipulated, so sales are often a truer performance indicator. ICAGY has a P/S ratio of 0.23. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 0.61.
Finally, investors should note that ICAGY has a P/CF ratio of 3.27. This metric takes into account a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find stocks that are undervalued based on their solid cash outlook. ICAGY's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 5.47. Over the past year, ICAGY's P/CF has been as high as 3.55 and as low as 1.46, with a median of 1.83.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in International Consolidated Airlines'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 ICAGY is an impressive value stock right now.
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