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.
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 use tried-and-true metrics and fundamental analysis to find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.
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 Tanger Factory Outlet (SKT - Free Report) . SKT is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as a Value grade of A. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 7.50. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 14.90. Over the past year, SKT's Forward P/E has been as high as 10.08 and as low as 6.29, with a median of 8.71.
Investors should also recognize that SKT has a P/B ratio of 3. Investors use the P/B ratio to look at a stock's market value versus its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. SKT's current P/B looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/B of 3.28. Over the past year, SKT's P/B has been as high as 4.36 and as low as 2.52, with a median of 3.76.
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. SKT has a P/S ratio of 3.09. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 6.83.
Finally, investors will want to recognize that SKT has a P/CF ratio of 7.37. 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. SKT's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 7.46. Over the past 52 weeks, SKT's P/CF has been as high as 12.47 and as low as 6.18, with a median of 10.40.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in Tanger Factory Outlet's great Value grade. Still, they help show that the stock is likely being undervalued at the moment. Add this to the strength of its earnings outlook, and we can clearly see that SKT is an impressive value stock right now.