The proven Zacks Rank system focuses on earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find winning stocks. Nevertheless, we know that our readers all have their own perspectives, so we are always looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong picks.
Of these, perhaps no stock market trend is more popular than value investing, which is a strategy that has proven to be successful in all sorts of market environments. 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 Navistar (NAV - Free Report) . NAV is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock is trading with P/E ratio of 9.49 right now. For comparison, its industry sports an average P/E of 10.72. Over the past year, NAV's Forward P/E has been as high as 14.35 and as low as 6.33, with a median of 9.62.
Investors will also notice that NAV has a PEG ratio of 0.61. This figure is similar to the commonly-used P/E ratio, with the PEG ratio also factoring in a company's expected earnings growth rate. NAV's industry has an average PEG of 1.19 right now. Over the last 12 months, NAV's PEG has been as high as 2.87 and as low as 0.60, with a median of 1.83.
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. NAV has a P/S ratio of 0.29. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 0.41.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Navistar is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, NAV sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.