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RMBS or HIMX: Which Is the Better Value Stock Right Now?

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Investors interested in Electronics - Semiconductors stocks are likely familiar with Rambus (RMBS - Free Report) and Himax Tech (HIMX - Free Report) . But which of these two stocks offers value investors a better bang for their buck right now? We'll need to take a closer look.

We have found that the best way to discover great value opportunities is to pair a strong Zacks Rank with a great grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system. The proven Zacks Rank puts an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, while our Style Scores work to identify stocks with specific traits.

Rambus and Himax Tech are sporting Zacks Ranks of #2 (Buy) and #3 (Hold), respectively, right now. This means that RMBS's earnings estimate revision activity has been more impressive, so investors should feel comfortable with its improving analyst outlook. However, value investors will care about much more than just this.

Value investors are also interested in a number of tried-and-true valuation metrics that help show when a company is undervalued at its current share price levels.

Our Value category highlights undervalued companies by looking at a variety of key metrics, including the popular P/E ratio, as well as the P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a variety of other fundamentals that have been used by value investors for years.

RMBS currently has a forward P/E ratio of 13.80, while HIMX has a forward P/E of 247.69. We also note that RMBS has a PEG ratio of 1.38. This popular figure is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also considers a company's expected EPS growth rate. HIMX currently has a PEG ratio of 9.91.

Another notable valuation metric for RMBS is its P/B ratio of 1.17. The P/B ratio pits a stock's market value against its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. For comparison, HIMX has a P/B of 2.54.

Based on these metrics and many more, RMBS holds a Value grade of B, while HIMX has a Value grade of D.

RMBS is currently sporting an improving earnings outlook, which makes it stick out in our Zacks Rank model. And, based on the above valuation metrics, we feel that RMBS is likely the superior value option right now.




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