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 tried-and-true metrics and fundamental analysis to find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.
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.
One company to watch right now is China Eastern . CEA is currently holding a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) and a Value grade of A.
We should also highlight that CEA has a P/B ratio of 0.97. The P/B ratio pits a stock's market value against its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. CEA's current P/B looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/B of 2.56. CEA's P/B has been as high as 1.50 and as low as 0.81, with a median of 0.99, over the past year.
Value investors also use the P/S ratio. The P/S ratio is is calculated as price divided by sales. Some people prefer this metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement. This means it could be a truer performance indicator. CEA has a P/S ratio of 0.51. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 0.71.
Finally, investors will want to recognize that CEA has a P/CF ratio of 3.58. 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. CEA's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 5.71. CEA's P/CF has been as high as 4.38 and as low as 2.66, with a median of 3.55, all within the past year.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that China Eastern is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, CEA sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.