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, value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. Value investors use fundamental analysis and traditional valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are being undervalued by the market at large.
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.
One company value investors might notice is Werner Enterprises (WERN). WERN is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 12.34, which compares to its industry's average of 13.27. WERN's Forward P/E has been as high as 31.51 and as low as 12.08, with a median of 17.21, all within the past year.
Another valuation metric that we should highlight is WERN's P/B ratio of 1.82. The P/B ratio is used to compare a stock's market value with its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This stock's P/B looks attractive against its industry's average P/B of 2.19. WERN's P/B has been as high as 2.73 and as low as 1.78, with a median of 2.22, over the past year.
Finally, our model also underscores that WERN has a P/CF ratio of 4.74. 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. This company's current P/CF looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 7.39. Over the past year, WERN's P/CF has been as high as 9.50 and as low as 4.64, with a median of 6.12.
These figures are just a handful of the metrics value investors tend to look at, but they help show that Werner Enterprises is likely being undervalued right now. Considering this, as well as the strength of its earnings outlook, WERN feels like a great value stock at the moment.
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