Investors looking for stocks in the Building Products - Heavy Construction sector might want to consider either Emcor Group (EME - Free Report) or Dycom Industries (DY - Free Report) . But which of these two stocks presents investors with the better value opportunity right now? Let's take a closer look.
The best way to find great value stocks is to pair a strong Zacks Rank with an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system. The Zacks Rank is a proven strategy that targets companies with positive earnings estimate revision trends, while our Style Scores work to grade companies based on specific traits.
Right now, Emcor Group is sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), while Dycom Industries has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold). This system places an emphasis on companies that have seen positive earnings estimate revisions, so investors should feel comfortable knowing that EME is likely seeing its earnings outlook improve to a greater extent. But this is only part of the picture for value investors.
Value investors also try to analyze a wide range of traditional figures and metrics to help determine whether 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.
EME currently has a forward P/E ratio of 14.96, while DY has a forward P/E of 23.43. We also note that EME has a PEG ratio of 1. 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. DY currently has a PEG ratio of 2.76.
Another notable valuation metric for EME is its P/B ratio of 2.36. Investors use the P/B ratio to look at a stock's market value versus its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. By comparison, DY has a P/B of 2.54.
Based on these metrics and many more, EME holds a Value grade of A, while DY has a Value grade of D.
EME has seen stronger estimate revision activity and sports more attractive valuation metrics than DY, so it seems like value investors will conclude that EME is the superior option right now.