Here at Zacks, we focus on our proven ranking system, which places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, to find winning stocks. But we also understand that investors develop their own strategies, so we are constantly looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong companies for our readers.
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 fundamental analysis and traditional valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are being undervalued by the market at large.
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 value investors might notice is Forum Energy Technologies (FET - Free Report) . FET is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 38.14, which compares to its industry's average of 40.80. FET's Forward P/E has been as high as 896.23 and as low as -248.56, with a median of 50.63, all within the past year.
We should also highlight that FET has a P/B ratio of 0.36. The P/B ratio is used to compare a stock's market value with its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. FET's current P/B looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/B of 0.58. Over the past year, FET's P/B has been as high as 1.01 and as low as 0.28, with a median of 0.61.
Value investors also use the P/S ratio. The P/S ratio is is calculated as price divided by sales. This is a popular metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement, so they are often considered a better performance indicator. FET has a P/S ratio of 0.34. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 0.75.
Finally, our model also underscores that FET has a P/CF ratio of 14.58. This metric focuses on a firm's operating cash flow and is often used to find stocks that are undervalued based on the strength of their cash outlook. This stock's P/CF looks attractive against its industry's average P/CF of 18.81. Over the past 52 weeks, FET's P/CF has been as high as 27.29 and as low as 2.67, with a median of 8.10.
These are only a few of the key metrics included in Forum Energy Technologies'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, FET looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.