While the proven Zacks Rank places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find strong stocks, we also know that investors tend to develop their own individual strategies. With this in mind, we are always looking at value, growth, and momentum trends to discover great companies.
Considering these trends, value investing is clearly one of the most preferred ways to find strong stocks in any type of market. Value investors use fundamental analysis and traditional valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are being undervalued by the market at large.
Luckily, Zacks has developed its own Style Scores system in an effort to find stocks with specific traits. Value investors will be interested in the system's "Value" category. Stocks with both "A" grades in the Value category and high Zacks Ranks are among the strongest value stocks on the market right now.
One company value investors might notice is Prudential (PRU - Free Report) . PRU is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock is trading with P/E ratio of 7.86 right now. For comparison, its industry sports an average P/E of 10.13. Over the past year, PRU's Forward P/E has been as high as 11.15 and as low as 7.47, with a median of 9.34.
Investors should also recognize that PRU has a P/B ratio of 0.80. The P/B ratio pits a stock's market value against its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This company's current P/B looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/B of 1.29. Within the past 52 weeks, PRU's P/B has been as high as 1.02 and as low as 0.75, with a median of 0.89.
Finally, we should also recognize that PRU has a P/CF ratio of 5.26. This metric focuses on a firm's operating cash flow and is often used to find stocks that are undervalued based on the strength of their cash outlook. PRU's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 10.34. Within the past 12 months, PRU's P/CF has been as high as 12.68 and as low as 4.95, with a median of 6.30.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in Prudential's great Value grade. Still, they help show that the stock is likely being undervalued at the moment. Add this to the strength of its earnings outlook, and we can clearly see that PRU is an impressive value stock right now.