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LYG or BBD: Which Is the Better Value Stock Right Now?

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Investors looking for stocks in the Banks - Foreign sector might want to consider either Lloyds (LYG - Free Report) or Banco Bradesco (BBD - Free Report) . But which of these two stocks offers value investors a better bang for their buck right now? We'll need to take a closer look.

Everyone has their own methods for finding great value opportunities, but our model includes pairing an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system with a strong Zacks Rank. The proven Zacks Rank puts an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, while our Style Scores work to identify stocks with specific traits.

Right now, Lloyds is sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), while Banco Bradesco has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold). Investors should feel comfortable knowing that LYG likely has seen a stronger improvement to its earnings outlook than BBD has recently. However, value investors will care about much more than just this.

Value investors are also interested in a number of tried-and-true valuation metrics that help show when a company is undervalued at its 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.

LYG currently has a forward P/E ratio of 5.88, while BBD has a forward P/E of 6.09. We also note that LYG has a PEG ratio of 0.19. 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. BBD currently has a PEG ratio of 0.34.

Another notable valuation metric for LYG is its P/B ratio of 0.50. The P/B ratio pits a stock's market value against its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. For comparison, BBD has a P/B of 1.18.

Based on these metrics and many more, LYG holds a Value grade of B, while BBD has a Value grade of D.

LYG sticks out from BBD in both our Zacks Rank and Style Scores models, so value investors will likely feel that LYG is the better option right now.

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