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.
Of these, value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. 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 Genworth Financial (GNW - Free Report) . GNW is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock is trading with P/E ratio of 4.48 right now. For comparison, its industry sports an average P/E of 9.31. GNW's Forward P/E has been as high as 5.32 and as low as 3.01, with a median of 4.01, all within the past year.
Value investors also frequently use the P/S ratio. This metric is found by dividing a stock's price with the company's revenue. This is a popular metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement, so they are often considered a better performance indicator. GNW has a P/S ratio of 0.3. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 0.87.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Genworth Financial is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, GNW sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.