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.
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.
On top of the Zacks Rank, investors can also look at our innovative Style Scores system to find stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will want to focus on the "Value" category. Stocks with high Zacks Ranks and "A" grades for Value will be some of the highest-quality value stocks on the market today.
One stock to keep an eye on is Hilltop Holdings (HTH - Free Report) . HTH is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy), as well as a Value grade of A.
Investors should also recognize that HTH has a P/B ratio of 1.12. 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. This stock's P/B looks attractive against its industry's average P/B of 1.61. HTH's P/B has been as high as 1.14 and as low as 0.80, with a median of 0.96, over the past year.
Value investors also frequently use the P/S ratio. This metric is found by dividing a stock's price with the company's revenue. Some people prefer this metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement. This means it could be a truer performance indicator. HTH has a P/S ratio of 1.29. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 2.93.
Finally, we should also recognize that HTH has a P/CF ratio of 11.67. 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. HTH's P/CF compares to its industry's average P/CF of 13.05. Over the past 52 weeks, HTH's P/CF has been as high as 15.93 and as low as 10.85, with a median of 14.33.
These figures are just a handful of the metrics value investors tend to look at, but they help show that Hilltop Holdings is likely being undervalued right now. Considering this, as well as the strength of its earnings outlook, HTH feels like a great value stock at the moment.