Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Nevertheless, we are always paying attention to the latest value, growth, and momentum trends to underscore strong picks.
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 a variety of methods, including tried-and-true valuation metrics, to find these stocks.
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 Comfort Systems (FIX - Free Report) . FIX is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock holds a P/E ratio of 15.67, while its industry has an average P/E of 21.54. Over the past year, FIX's Forward P/E has been as high as 20.64 and as low as 13.74, with a median of 17.51.
We should also highlight that FIX has a P/B ratio of 3.88. 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. FIX's current P/B looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/B of 6. Over the past year, FIX's P/B has been as high as 4.71 and as low as 3.11, with a median of 3.90.
Value investors also frequently use the P/S ratio. This metric is found by dividing a stock's price with the company's revenue. Some people prefer this metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement. This means it could be a truer performance indicator. FIX has a P/S ratio of 0.88. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.84.
Finally, investors will want to recognize that FIX has a P/CF ratio of 14.35. 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. This company's current P/CF looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 21.62. Within the past 12 months, FIX's P/CF has been as high as 18.33 and as low as 11.40, with a median of 15.05.
These figures are just a handful of the metrics value investors tend to look at, but they help show that Comfort Systems is likely being undervalued right now. Considering this, as well as the strength of its earnings outlook, FIX feels like a great value stock at the moment.