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Chicago, IL – September 28, 2016 - Stocks in this week’s article include: Amkor Technology (NASDAQ: (AMKR - Snapshot Report) -Free Report ), InnerWorkings (NASDAQ: (INWK - Snapshot Report) -Free Report ), Stoneridge (NYSE: (SRI - Snapshot Report) -Free Report ), TTM Technologies (NASDAQ: (TTMI - Snapshot Report) -Free Report ) and WellCare Health Plans (NYSE: (WCG - Snapshot Report) -Free Report ). Kevin Matras screens for companies showing their 'first' profit, and explains why they are ones to watch.
Screen of the Week written by Kevin Matras of Zacks Investment Research:
Why the P/S Ratio Is My Favorite Valuation Metric
This week, I'm going to focus on the Price to Sales ratio for finding great stocks at great values.
The Price to Sales ratio is a great valuation metric. And given the recent run-up in stocks, value, to me, is becoming more and more important.
In fact, aside from the Zacks Rank, if I could only use one item to screen and pick stocks with, this item would be the one.
Let's first start with a definition.
The Price to Sales ratio is simply: Price divided by Sales
If the Price to Sales ratio is 1, that means you're paying $1 for every $1 of sales the company makes.
A price to sales ratio of 2 means you're paying $2 for every $1 of sales the company makes.
As you might have guessed, the lower the Price the Sales ratio, the better.
A price to Sales ratio of .5 means you're paying 50 cents for every $1 of sales the company makes.
And paying less than a dollar for a dollar's worth of something is a good bargain.
One of the reasons I like the Price to Sales ratio is because it looks at sales rather than earnings, like the P/E ratio does.
And sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement than earnings.
Secondly, I'd be hard pressed to find a screen where adding the Price to Sales ratio didn't improve it.
Price to Sales Study
For me, I prefer to look for stocks with a Price to Sales ratio under 1. Although, I'm willing to go up to 4, depending on the industry.
But in my testing, those with a Price to Sales ratio of 1 or less produced the best returns. Between 1 and 2 also outperformed pretty significantly. But once you got over 4, the odds were against you.
But the best way to use it, I've found, is to find stocks with a Price to Sales ratio below the median for its Industry.
And that's what we'll be focusing on in this week's screen.
• Projected Growth Rate greater than or equal to Projected Growth Rate for the S&P
(Above market growth rates.)
• Last Earnings Surprise greater than 0
(Positive EPS Surprise)
• Last Sales Surprise greater than 0
(Positive Sales Surprise)
• Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2
(Only stocks with a Zacks Rank of a Strong Buy or Buy get through.)
• Price to Sales less than or equal to Median Price to Sales for its Industry
(Valuations that are lower than their Industry.)
• Price greater than or equal to $5
• Avg. 20 Day Volume greater than or equal to 100,000
Here are 5 stocks from this week's list:
Amkor Technology (NASDAQ: (AMKR - Snapshot Report) -Free Report )
InnerWorkings (NASDAQ: (INWK - Snapshot Report) -Free Report )
Stoneridge (NYSE: (SRI - Snapshot Report) -Free Report )
TTM Technologies (NASDAQ: (TTMI - Snapshot Report) -Free Report )
WellCare Health Plans (NYSE: (WCG - Snapshot Report) -Free Report )
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