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.
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 value investors might notice is Credit Suisse (CS - Free Report) . CS is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 7.95. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 10.68. Over the past 52 weeks, CS's Forward P/E has been as high as 11.40 and as low as 7.51, with a median of 8.71.
We should also highlight that CS has a P/B ratio of 0.69. 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 company's current P/B looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/B of 1.38. Within the past 52 weeks, CS's P/B has been as high as 0.77 and as low as 0.62, with a median of 0.69.
Value investors also love the P/S ratio, which is calculated by simply dividing a stock's price with the company's 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. CS has a P/S ratio of 0.9. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.68.
Finally, investors should note that CS has a P/CF ratio of 8.48. This figure highlights a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find firms that are undervalued when considering their impressive cash outlook. This stock's P/CF looks attractive against its industry's average P/CF of 14.74. Within the past 12 months, CS's P/CF has been as high as 11.64 and as low as 7.68, with a median of 9.43.
These are only a few of the key metrics included in Credit Suisse's strong Value grade, but they help show that the stock is likely undervalued right now. When factoring in the strength of its earnings outlook, CS looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.