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.
Looking at the history of these trends, perhaps none is more beloved than value investing. This strategy simply looks to identify companies that are being undervalued by the broader market. Value investors rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.
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 value investors might notice is SkyWest (SKYW - Free Report) . SKYW is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy), as well as a Value grade of A.
Investors should also recognize that SKYW has a P/B ratio of 1.47. 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. SKYW's current P/B looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/B of 2.56. SKYW's P/B has been as high as 1.83 and as low as 1.15, with a median of 1.59, over the past year.
Finally, our model also underscores that SKYW has a P/CF ratio of 5.11. 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. SKYW's P/CF compares to its industry's average P/CF of 6.11. Over the past 52 weeks, SKYW's P/CF has been as high as 5.15 and as low as 2.85, with a median of 4.05.
These figures are just a handful of the metrics value investors tend to look at, but they help show that SkyWest is likely being undervalued right now. Considering this, as well as the strength of its earnings outlook, SKYW feels like a great value stock at the moment.