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 rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.
Luckily, Zacks has developed its own Style Scores system in an effort to find stocks with specific traits. Value investors will be interested in the system's "Value" category. Stocks with both "A" grades in the Value category and high Zacks Ranks are among the strongest value stocks on the market right now.
One stock to keep an eye on is Diodes (DIOD - Free Report) . DIOD is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock holds a P/E ratio of 11.84, while its industry has an average P/E of 12.74. Over the last 12 months, DIOD's Forward P/E has been as high as 18.42 and as low as 10.89, with a median of 14.47.
Value investors also love the P/S ratio, which is calculated by simply dividing a stock's price with the company's sales. Some people prefer this metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement. This means it could be a truer performance indicator. DIOD has a P/S ratio of 1.38. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.95.
Finally, investors will want to recognize that DIOD has a P/CF ratio of 7.79. 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. DIOD's P/CF compares to its industry's average P/CF of 17.65. DIOD's P/CF has been as high as 16.90 and as low as 7.16, with a median of 11.19, all within the past year.
These are only a few of the key metrics included in Diodes'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, DIOD looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.