Many investors like to look for value in stocks, but this can be very tough to define. There is great debate regarding which metrics are the best to focus on in this regard, and which are not really quality indicators of future performance. Fortunately, with our new style score system we have identified the key statistics to pay close attention to and thus which stocks might be the best for value investors in the near term.
This method discovered several great candidates for value-oriented investors, but today let’s focus on Carrefour SA (CRRFY - Free Report) as this stock is looking especially impressive right now. And while there are numerous reasons why this is the case, we have highlighted three of the most vital reasons for CRRFY’s status as a solid value stock below:
Forward PE for Carrefour
Easily one of the most popular readings for value investors, the forward PE ratio shows us the current price of a stock divided by the full year earnings. Generally speaking, value investors like to see this ratio below 20, though it can vary by industry.
Right now, CRRFY has a forward PE of just 14.19, which means that investors are paying $14.19 for each dollar in expected Carrefour earnings this year. Compared to the industry at large this is pretty favorable as the overall space has an average PE of 16.64 in comparison.
PEG Ratio for CRRFY
While earnings are definitely important, it is vital to know how much you are paying for the growth of earnings as well. One can easily do that with the PEG ratio as this metric looks to show investors how much they are paying for each unit of earnings growth.
CRRFY manages to impress on this front as well, as the company’s PEG is just 1.49, suggesting that Carrefour is trading as a relative bargain right now. This is particularly the case when you compare this PEG to the industry, as the broader segment has an average PEG of 1.58 in comparison.
CRRFY Earnings Estimate Revisions Moving in the Right Direction
The solid value ratios outlined in the preceding paragraphs might be enough for some investors, but we should also note that the earnings estimate revisions have been trending in a positive direction as well. Analysts who follow CRRFY stock have been raising their estimates for the company lately, meaning that the EPS picture is looking a bit more favorably for Carrefour now.
Over the past 30 days, 1 earnings estimate has gone higher compared to none lower for the full year. These revisions have helped to boost the consensus estimate as 30 days ago CRRFY was expected to post earnings of 36 cents per share for the full year though today it looks to have EPS of 37 cents for the full year.
For the reasons detailed above, investors shouldn’t be surprised to read that we have CRRFY as a stock with a Value Score of ‘A’ and a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
So if you are a value investor, definitely keep CRRFY on your short list as this looks to be a stock that is very well-positioned for gains in the near term.
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