While the proven Zacks Rank places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find strong stocks, we also know that investors tend to develop their own individual strategies. With this in mind, we are always looking at value, growth, and momentum trends to discover great companies.
Of these, value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. Value investors use tried-and-true metrics and fundamental analysis to find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.
On top of the Zacks Rank, investors can also look at our innovative Style Scores system to find stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will want to focus on the "Value" category. Stocks with high Zacks Ranks and "A" grades for Value will be some of the highest-quality value stocks on the market today.
One company to watch right now is Artisan Partners Asset Management (APAM - Free Report) . APAM is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy), as well as a Value grade of A. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 9.49, which compares to its industry's average of 10.16. Over the past 52 weeks, APAM's Forward P/E has been as high as 11.57 and as low as 7.22, with a median of 9.94.
Finally, we should also recognize that APAM has a P/CF ratio of 11. 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. APAM's P/CF compares to its industry's average P/CF of 12.04. Over the past year, APAM's P/CF has been as high as 23.83 and as low as 7.18, with a median of 13.19.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in Artisan Partners Asset Management's great Value grade. Still, they help show that the stock is likely being undervalued at the moment. Add this to the strength of its earnings outlook, and we can clearly see that APAM is an impressive value stock right now.