Here at Zacks, we focus on our proven ranking system, which places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, to find winning stocks. But we also understand that investors develop their own strategies, so we are constantly looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong companies for our readers.
Considering these trends, value investing is clearly one of the most preferred ways to find strong stocks in any type of market. Value investors use fundamental analysis and traditional valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are being undervalued by the market at large.
In addition to the Zacks Rank, investors looking for stocks with specific traits can utilize our Style Scores system. Of course, value investors will be most interested in the system's "Value" category. Stocks with "A" grades for Value and high Zacks Ranks are among the best value stocks available at any given moment.
Sony (SNE - Free Report) is a stock many investors are watching right now. SNE is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 10.49, which compares to its industry's average of 10.76. Over the last 12 months, SNE's Forward P/E has been as high as 17.08 and as low as 10.49, with a median of 12.91.
SNE is also sporting a PEG ratio of 1.04. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. SNE's PEG compares to its industry's average PEG of 1.05. Over the past 52 weeks, SNE's PEG has been as high as 2.68 and as low as 1.04, with a median of 1.86.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in Sony'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 SNE is an impressive value stock right now.