Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Nevertheless, we are always paying attention to the latest value, growth, and momentum trends to underscore strong picks.
Of these, value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. Value investors use a variety of methods, including tried-and-true valuation metrics, to find these stocks.
In addition to the Zacks Rank, investors looking for stocks with specific traits can utilize our Style Scores system. Of course, value investors will be most interested in the system's "Value" category. Stocks with "A" grades for Value and high Zacks Ranks are among the best value stocks available at any given moment.
One company value investors might notice is MGIC Investment (MTG - Free Report) . MTG is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 6.45. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 10.09. Over the last 12 months, MTG's Forward P/E has been as high as 8.19 and as low as 2.92, with a median of 7.52.
Investors should also recognize that MTG has a P/B ratio of 0.71. The P/B ratio pits a stock's market value against its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. MTG's current P/B looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/B of 1.37. MTG's P/B has been as high as 1.29 and as low as 0.41, with a median of 1.12, over the past year.
Finally, investors will want to recognize that MTG has a P/CF ratio of 4.42. This data point considers a firm's operating cash flow and is frequently used to find companies that are undervalued when considering their solid cash outlook. This stock's P/CF looks attractive against its industry's average P/CF of 5.33. MTG's P/CF has been as high as 7.69 and as low as 2.52, with a median of 6.90, all within the past year.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that MGIC Investment is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, MTG sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.