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, value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. Value investors use a variety of methods, including tried-and-true valuation metrics, to find these stocks.
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 company value investors might notice is Plains GP Holdings (PAGP - Free Report) . PAGP is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 9.42, which compares to its industry's average of 16.23. Over the last 12 months, PAGP's Forward P/E has been as high as 16.14 and as low as 9.42, with a median of 13.70.
Finally, investors should note that PAGP has a P/CF ratio of 3.47. 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. PAGP's P/CF compares to its industry's average P/CF of 10.01. Over the past 52 weeks, PAGP's P/CF has been as high as 4.73 and as low as -35.07, with a median of 3.87.
These figures are just a handful of the metrics value investors tend to look at, but they help show that Plains GP Holdings is likely being undervalued right now. Considering this, as well as the strength of its earnings outlook, PAGP feels like a great value stock at the moment.