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.
Considering these trends, value investing is clearly one of the most preferred ways to find strong stocks in any type of market. 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 MasTec (MTZ - Free Report) . MTZ is currently holding a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) and a Value grade of A. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 11.98. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 12.63. Over the past 52 weeks, MTZ's Forward P/E has been as high as 12.57 and as low as 8.81, with a median of 10.52.
Investors should also note that MTZ holds a PEG ratio of 1.53. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. MTZ's industry currently sports an average PEG of 1.75. MTZ's PEG has been as high as 1.53 and as low as 1.10, with a median of 1.30, all within the past year.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that MasTec is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, MTZ sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.