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HUD or MCS: Which Is the Better Value Stock Right Now?

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Investors with an interest in Leisure and Recreation Services stocks have likely encountered both Hudson Ltd. (HUD - Free Report) and Marcus (MCS - Free Report) . But which of these two stocks offers value investors a better bang for their buck right now? We'll need to take a closer look.

Everyone has their own methods for finding great value opportunities, but our model includes pairing an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system with a strong Zacks Rank. The Zacks Rank favors stocks with strong earnings estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight companies with specific traits.

Currently, both Hudson Ltd. and Marcus are holding a Zacks Rank of # 2 (Buy). Investors should feel comfortable knowing that both of these stocks have an improving earnings outlook since the Zacks Rank favors companies that have witnessed positive analyst estimate revisions. But this is only part of the picture for value investors.

Value investors are also interested in a number of tried-and-true valuation metrics that help show when a company is undervalued at its current share price levels.

The Style Score Value grade factors in a variety of key fundamental metrics, including the popular P/E ratio, P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a number of other key stats that are commonly used by value investors.

HUD currently has a forward P/E ratio of 14.06, while MCS has a forward P/E of 21.88. We also note that HUD has a PEG ratio of 0.48. This popular figure is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also considers a company's expected EPS growth rate. MCS currently has a PEG ratio of 1.46.

Another notable valuation metric for HUD is its P/B ratio of 1.96. 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. By comparison, MCS has a P/B of 2.51.

These are just a few of the metrics contributing to HUD's Value grade of A and MCS's Value grade of C.

Both HUD and MCS are impressive stocks with solid earnings outlooks, but based on these valuation figures, we feel that HUD is the superior value option right now.

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