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Chicago, IL – February 21, 2023 – Stocks in this week’s article are Signet Jewelers Ltd. (SIG - Free Report) , Sterling Infrastructure, Inc. (STRL - Free Report) , Tri Pointe Homes, Inc. (TPH - Free Report) and Cumulus Media Inc. (CMLS - Free Report) .

4 Low P/CV Stocks to Add to Your Portfolio for Optimum Returns

Market pundits do not expect any drastic change in the economic scenario, at least in the first half of 2023. While the Fed's recent action to lower the magnitude of the rate hike came as a breather, worries about a slowing economy prevail. So, while you modify your portfolio to cope with the changing market scenario and continued monetary policy tightening, market pundits are placing their bets on value stocks.

Investment in stocks made on diligent value analysis is usually considered one of the best practices. In value investing, investors pick stocks that are cheap but fundamentally sound. There are a number of ratios to identify value stocks, but none alone can conclusively determine their inherent potential.

Each ratio helps an investor understand a particular aspect of the company's business. One such ratio, Price to Cash Flow (or P/CF), can work wonders in stock picking if used prudently. This metric evaluates the market price of a stock relative to the amount of cash flow that the company is generating on a per-share basis – the lower the number, the better. Signet Jewelers Ltd., Sterling Infrastructure, Inc., Tri Pointe Homes, Inc. and Cumulus Media Inc. boast a low P/CF ratio.

Why P/CF Ratio?

You must be wondering why we are considering this when the most widely used valuation metric is Price/Earnings (or P/E). Well, one of the important factors that make P/CF a highly dependable metric is that operating cash flow adds back non-cash charges such as depreciation and amortization to net income, truly diagnosing a company's financial health.

Analysts caution that a company's earnings are subject to accounting estimates and management manipulation. Then again, cash flow is quite reliable. Net cash flow unveils how much money a company generates and how effectively management is deploying the same.

A positive cash flow indicates an increase in the company's liquid assets. This gives the company the means to settle debt, meet its expenses, reinvest in the business, endure downturns and finally undertake shareholder-friendly moves. Negative cash flow implies a decline in the company's liquidity, which, in turn, lowers its flexibility to support these endeavors.

However, an investment decision solely based on the P/CF metric may not fetch the desired results. To identify stocks that are trading at a discount, you should expand your search criteria and take into account the price-to-book ratio, price-to-earnings ratio and price-to-sales ratio. Adding a favorable Zacks Rank and a Value Score of A or B to your search criteria should lead to even better results as these eliminate the chances of falling into a value trap.

Here are four of the nine stocks that qualified the screening:

Signet, the world's largest retailer of diamond jewelry, carries a Zacks Rank #2. It has an expected EPS growth rate of 8% for three-five years. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Signet has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 44.8%, on average. SIG has a Value Score of A. The stock has declined 0.4% in the past year.

Sterling Infrastructure, which is engaged in transportation, e-infrastructure, and building solutions, carries a Zacks Rank #2. It has an expected EPS growth rate of 18% for three-five years. The company has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 20%, on average.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Sterling Infrastructure's current financial-year sales and EPS suggests growth of 21.2% and 46.1%, respectively, from the year-ago period. Sterling Infrastructure has a Value Score of A. The stock has jumped 27.6% in the past year.

Tri Pointe Homes builds premium homes and communities in 10 states. This Zacks Rank #2 company has an expected EPS growth rate of 13% for three-five years. TPH Energy has a Value Score of A.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Tri Pointe Homes' current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 2.2% and 23.3%, respectively, from the year-ago period. The company has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 24.3%, on average. Shares of TPH have risen 3.9% in the past year.

Cumulus Media, an audio-first media company delivering premium content, carries a Zacks Rank #2 and has an expected EPS growth rate of 15% for three-five years. CMLS has a Value Score of A.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Cumulus Media's current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 2.8% and 291.7%, respectively, from the year-ago period. Shares of CMLS have declined 41.3% in the past year.

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