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INTC vs. TXN: Which Stock Is the Better Value Option?

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Investors looking for stocks in the Semiconductor - General sector might want to consider either Intel (INTC - Free Report) or Texas Instruments (TXN - Free Report) . But which of these two stocks is more attractive to value investors? We'll need to take a closer look to find out.

The best way to find great value stocks is to pair a strong Zacks Rank with an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system. The proven Zacks Rank emphasizes companies with positive estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight stocks with specific traits.

Right now, both Intel and Texas Instruments are sporting a Zacks Rank of # 2 (Buy). Investors should feel comfortable knowing that both of these stocks have an improving earnings outlook since the Zacks Rank favors companies that have witnessed positive analyst estimate revisions. But this is just one factor that value investors are interested in.

Value investors also tend to look at a number of traditional, tried-and-true figures to help them find stocks that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.

Our Value category grades stocks based on a number of key metrics, including the tried-and-true P/E ratio, the P/S ratio, earnings yield, and cash flow per share, as well as a variety of other fundamentals that value investors frequently use.

INTC currently has a forward P/E ratio of 11.98, while TXN has a forward P/E of 25.36. We also note that INTC has a PEG ratio of 1.60. This figure is similar to the commonly-used P/E ratio, with the PEG ratio also factoring in a company's expected earnings growth rate. TXN currently has a PEG ratio of 2.72.

Another notable valuation metric for INTC is its P/B ratio of 2.80. Investors use the P/B ratio to look at a stock's market value versus its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. By comparison, TXN has a P/B of 17.10.

These metrics, and several others, help INTC earn a Value grade of A, while TXN has been given a Value grade of D.

Both INTC and TXN are impressive stocks with solid earnings outlooks, but based on these valuation figures, we feel that INTC is the superior value option right now.


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