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.
Looking at the history of these trends, perhaps none is more beloved than value investing. This strategy simply looks to identify companies that are being undervalued by the broader market. Value investors use fundamental analysis and traditional valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are being undervalued by the market at large.
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 McKesson (MCK - Free Report) . MCK is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock holds a P/E ratio of 9.33, while its industry has an average P/E of 15.83. MCK's Forward P/E has been as high as 10.18 and as low as 7.78, with a median of 9.11, all within the past year.
Investors will also notice that MCK has a PEG ratio of 1.35. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. MCK's industry has an average PEG of 1.64 right now. MCK's PEG has been as high as 1.48 and as low as 1.13, with a median of 1.34, all within the past year.
Finally, investors should note that MCK has a P/CF ratio of 8.67. This figure highlights a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find firms that are undervalued when considering their impressive cash outlook. MCK's P/CF compares to its industry's average P/CF of 13.10. Over the past 52 weeks, MCK's P/CF has been as high as 9.30 and as low as 6.39, with a median of 7.83.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that McKesson is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, MCK sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.