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.
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.
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 Ally Financial (ALLY - Free Report) . ALLY is currently holding a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and a Value grade of A.
Investors will also notice that ALLY has a PEG ratio of 0.61. This popular figure is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also considers a company's expected EPS growth rate. ALLY's PEG compares to its industry's average PEG of 0.75. ALLY's PEG has been as high as 0.64 and as low as 0.45, with a median of 0.57, all within the past year.
Another valuation metric that we should highlight is ALLY's P/B ratio of 0.91. 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. ALLY's current P/B looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/B of 0.92. ALLY's P/B has been as high as 0.96 and as low as 0.65, with a median of 0.84, over the past year.
Finally, we should also recognize that ALLY has a P/CF ratio of 4.25. This metric takes into account a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find stocks that are undervalued based on their solid cash outlook. ALLY's P/CF compares to its industry's average P/CF of 4.81. Over the past 52 weeks, ALLY's P/CF has been as high as 4.44 and as low as 3.08, with a median of 3.92.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Ally Financial is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, ALLY sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.