The proven Zacks Rank system focuses on earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find winning stocks. Nevertheless, we know that our readers all have their own perspectives, so we are always looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong picks.
Of these, perhaps no stock market trend is more popular than value investing, which is a strategy that has proven to be successful in all sorts of market environments. 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 Atlantica Yield (AY - Free Report) . AY is currently holding a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and a Value grade of A.
Another notable valuation metric for AY is its P/B ratio of 1. The P/B ratio pits a stock's market value against its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This stock's P/B looks solid versus its industry's average P/B of 1.55. Over the past 12 months, AY's P/B has been as high as 1.13 and as low as 0.93, with a median of 1.05.
Value investors also love the P/S ratio, which is calculated by simply dividing a stock's price with the company's sales. This is a popular metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement, so they are often considered a better performance indicator. AY has a P/S ratio of 1.82. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.98.
Finally, investors should note that AY has a P/CF ratio of 6.84. 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. AY's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 8.19. AY's P/CF has been as high as 10.28 and as low as 6.38, with a median of 8.11, all within the past year.
These are only a few of the key metrics included in Atlantica Yield's strong Value grade, but they help show that the stock is likely undervalued right now. When factoring in the strength of its earnings outlook, AY looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.