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5 Finest PEG-Based Value Stocks to Buy Now

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In a market dealing with external shocks, value investing, or the strategy of putting money in underappreciated stocks, is fast gaining popularity. Although these stocks are apparently cheap compared to their peers and market, investment is made with the hope that the stock price will appreciate reasonably to match the intrinsic value of the business.

Several stocks that have surged significantly in the recent past have shown the overwhelming success of this pure-play investment strategy. Here, we discuss five such stocks — Fox Corporation (FOXA - Free Report) , DaVita (DVA - Free Report) , Leidos (LDOS - Free Report) , TopBuild (BLD - Free Report) and Itron (ITRI - Free Report) .

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While searching for a suitable investment option, value investors with varied risk appetite are unlikely to consider price/earnings to growth (PEG) ratio among a number of other popular metrics like price/earnings (P/E), price/sales (P/S) or price/book value (P/B).

This is because they often find this ratio complicated, considering the limitations in calculating the future earnings growth potential of a stock. Yardsticks such as dividend yield, P/E or P/B are most commonly used to single out stocks trading at a discount.

However, these ratios, while not taking into account the future growth potential of a stock, may end up convincing us to invest in stocks that are at a discount just because of their poor show. This may often lead to “value traps” — a situation when these value picks start to underperform over the long run as the temporary problems, which, once pulled down the share price, turn out to be persistent.

In such a case, even if you buy a stock at less than its fair value, you might still end up paying more. And here comes the importance of this not-so-popular but crucial value investing metric, the PEG ratio.

The PEG ratio is defined as: (Price/ Earnings)/Earnings Growth Rate

A low PEG ratio is always better for value investors.

While P/E alone fails to identify a true value stock, PEG helps to find the intrinsic value of a stock.

There are some drawbacks to using the PEG ratio though. It doesn’t consider the common situation of changing growth rates such as the forecast of the first three years at a very high growth rate, followed by a sustainable but lower growth rate in the long term.

Hence, PEG-based investing can turn out to be even more rewarding if some other relevant parameters are also taken into consideration.

Here are some of the screening criteria for a winning strategy:

PEG Ratio less than X Industry Median

P/E Ratio (using F1) less than X Industry Median (for more accurate valuation purpose)

Zacks Rank of 1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) (Whether good market conditions or bad, stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 or 2 have a proven history of success.)

Market Capitalization greater than $1 Billion (This helps us to focus on companies that have strong liquidity.)

Average 20 Day Volume greater than 50,000 (A substantial trading volume ensures that the stock is easily tradable.)

Percentage Change F1 Earnings Estimate Revisions (4 Weeks) greater than 5% (Upward estimate revisions add to the optimism, suggesting further bullishness.)

Value Score of less than or equal to B: Our research shows that stocks with a Style Score of A or B when combined with a Zacks Rank #1, 2 or 3 (Hold) offer the best upside potential. 

Here are five out of the 14 stocks that qualified the screening:

Fox Corporation: Headquartered in New York, Fox Corporation is a news, sports and entertainment content provider.It became a standalone, publicly traded company in 2019 following the merger of Disney and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. Standalone Fox’s portfolio comprises Twenty-First Century Fox’s news, sports and broadcast businesses.

FOXA has a long-term expected growth rate of 12%. FOXA currently carries a Zacks Rank of #2 and has a Value Score of A. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

DaVita: Denver, CO-headquartered DaVita is a leading provider of dialysis services in the United States to patients suffering from chronic kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease. The company operates kidney dialysis centers and provides related medical services, primarily in dialysis centers and in contracted hospitals across the United States.

DaVita currently holds a Zacks Rank #1 and has a Value Score of A. DVA also has an impressive five-year expected growth rate of 18.3%.

Leidos: Delaware-based Leidos is a global science and technology leader that serves the defense, intelligence, civil and health markets. Its core capabilities include providing solutions in the fields of cybersecurity, data analytics, enterprise IT modernization, operations and logistics, sensors, collection and phenomenology, software development, and systems engineering. Outside the United States, the company’s international customers include foreign governments and their agencies, primarily located in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Australia.

Apart from a discounted PEG and P/E, Toll Brothers currently has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Value Score of A. Leidos has a long-term historical growth rate of 11.2%.

TopBuild: Headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL, TopBuild is an installer and distributor of insulation and other building products to the U.S. construction industry. TopBuild, which earlier operated as a subsidiary of Masco Corporation, provides insulation and building material services across the nation through TruTeam and Service Partners.

Apart from a discounted PEG and P/E, TopBuild currently has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Value Score of A. TopBuild has a long-term historical growth rate of 40.8%.

Itron: Headquartered in Liberty Lake, WA, Itron is a technology company and one of the leading global suppliers of a wide range of standard, advanced, and smart meters and meter communication systems, including networks and communication modules, software, devices, sensors, data analytics and services. On the back of diverse offerings, the company provides industrial Internet of Things to support utilities and municipalities in the operations of their critical infrastructure.

Itron currently holds a Zacks Rank #2 and has a Value Score of A. It also has an impressive five-year expected growth rate of 23%.

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