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.
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.
Zacks has developed the innovative Style Scores system to highlight stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will be interested in stocks with great grades in the "Value" category. When paired with a high Zacks Rank, "A" grades in the Value category are among the strongest value stocks on the market today.
One company to watch right now is Ralph Lauren (RL - Free Report) . RL is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as a Value grade of A. The stock holds a P/E ratio of 16.21, while its industry has an average P/E of 16.95. Over the last 12 months, RL's Forward P/E has been as high as 22.44 and as low as 13.44, with a median of 18.19.
Another notable valuation metric for RL is its P/B ratio of 2.86. Investors use the P/B ratio to look at a stock's market value versus its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. RL's current P/B looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/B of 6.47. Over the past 12 months, RL's P/B has been as high as 3.36 and as low as 2.24, with a median of 2.93.
Finally, we should also recognize that RL has a P/CF ratio of 13.61. This metric takes into account a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find stocks that are undervalued based on their solid cash outlook. RL's P/CF compares to its industry's average P/CF of 51.06. Within the past 12 months, RL's P/CF has been as high as 43 and as low as 11.22, with a median of 20.28.
These are only a few of the key metrics included in Ralph Lauren'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, RL looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.