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EBAY vs. MONOY: Which Stock Is the Better Value Option?

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Investors interested in stocks from the Internet - Commerce sector have probably already heard of eBay (EBAY - Free Report) and MONOTARO (MONOY - Free Report) . But which of these two stocks is more attractive to value investors? We'll need to take a closer look to find out.

There are plenty of strategies for discovering value stocks, but we have found that pairing a strong Zacks Rank with an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system produces the best returns. The proven Zacks Rank emphasizes companies with positive estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight stocks with specific traits.

Both eBay and MONOTARO have a Zacks Rank of # 2 (Buy) right now. Investors should feel comfortable knowing that both of these stocks have an improving earnings outlook since the Zacks Rank favors companies that have witnessed positive analyst estimate revisions. However, value investors will care about much more than just this.

Value investors are also interested in a number of tried-and-true valuation metrics that help show when a company is undervalued at its current share price levels.

The Style Score Value grade factors in a variety of key fundamental metrics, including the popular P/E ratio, P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a number of other key stats that are commonly used by value investors.

EBAY currently has a forward P/E ratio of 12.93, while MONOY has a forward P/E of 62.88. We also note that EBAY has a PEG ratio of 1.38. 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. MONOY currently has a PEG ratio of 3.29.

Another notable valuation metric for EBAY is its P/B ratio of 9.14. The P/B ratio is used to compare a stock's market value with its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. For comparison, MONOY has a P/B of 24.73.

These metrics, and several others, help EBAY earn a Value grade of B, while MONOY has been given a Value grade of F.

Both EBAY and MONOY are impressive stocks with solid earnings outlooks, but based on these valuation figures, we feel that EBAY is the superior value option right now.


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