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.
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 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.
Nissan (NSANY - Free Report) is a stock many investors are watching right now. NSANY is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 7.73, which compares to its industry's average of 7.86. Over the last 12 months, NSANY's Forward P/E has been as high as 8.68 and as low as 6.03, with a median of 7.89.
We should also highlight that NSANY has a P/B ratio of 0.77. The P/B is a method of comparing a stock's market value to its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This stock's P/B looks attractive against its industry's average P/B of 1.03. Within the past 52 weeks, NSANY's P/B has been as high as 0.94 and as low as 0.71, with a median of 0.79.
Finally, investors will want to recognize that NSANY has a P/CF ratio of 2.63. This data point considers a firm's operating cash flow and is frequently used to find companies that are undervalued when considering their solid cash outlook. This stock's P/CF looks attractive against its industry's average P/CF of 3.87. Over the past year, NSANY's P/CF has been as high as 2.93 and as low as 2.44, with a median of 2.71.
These figures are just a handful of the metrics value investors tend to look at, but they help show that Nissan is likely being undervalued right now. Considering this, as well as the strength of its earnings outlook, NSANY feels like a great value stock at the moment.