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.
Of these, value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. 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.
Foot Locker (FL - Free Report) is a stock many investors are watching right now. FL is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 12.11. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 14.20. Over the past year, FL's Forward P/E has been as high as 12.72 and as low as 9.07, with a median of 10.64.
We should also highlight that FL has a P/B ratio of 2.73. The P/B ratio is used to compare a stock's market value with its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This company's current P/B looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/B of 3.90. Over the past year, FL's P/B has been as high as 2.81 and as low as 1.93, with a median of 2.32.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Foot Locker is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, FL sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.