The proven Zacks Rank system focuses on earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find winning stocks. Nevertheless, we know that our readers all have their own perspectives, so we are always looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong picks.
Looking at the history of these trends, perhaps none is more beloved than value investing. This strategy simply looks to identify companies that are being undervalued by the broader market. Value investors rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.
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 stock to keep an eye on is Magic Software (MGIC - Free Report) . MGIC is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock holds a P/E ratio of 14.38, while its industry has an average P/E of 26.73. Over the last 12 months, MGIC's Forward P/E has been as high as 16.44 and as low as 12.35, with a median of 13.78.
Investors should also note that MGIC holds a PEG ratio of 1.31. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. MGIC's industry currently sports an average PEG of 2.20. MGIC's PEG has been as high as 1.31 and as low as 1.27, with a median of 1.29, all within the past year.
Finally, investors should note that MGIC has a P/CF ratio of 12.98. This figure highlights a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find firms that are undervalued when considering their impressive cash outlook. This company's current P/CF looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 30.08. MGIC's P/CF has been as high as 14.06 and as low as 10.60, with a median of 12.55, all within the past year.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in Magic Software'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 MGIC is an impressive value stock right now.