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.
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.
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 Kaman (KAMN). KAMN is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value.
Value investors also frequently use the P/S ratio. This metric is found by dividing a stock's price with the company's revenue. This is a prefered metric because revenue can't really be manipulated, so sales are often a truer performance indicator. KAMN has a P/S ratio of 0.77. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 2.06.
Finally, we should also recognize that KAMN has a P/CF ratio of 20.94. 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. KAMN's P/CF compares to its industry's average P/CF of 44.77. KAMN's P/CF has been as high as 32.79 and as low as 9.54, with a median of 23.05, all within the past year.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Kaman is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, KAMN sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.
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