8. PEG Ratio - The NASDAQ Dozen

PEG Ratio, the next metric in your stock analysis, is also located on the Stock Research page. To access it, click on the PEG Ratio link at the top of the page (see Figure 13).

Why We Look at the PEG Ratio

One of the more popular ratios stock analysts look at is the P/E, or price to earnings, ratio. The drawback to a P/E ratio is that it does not account for growth. A low P/E may seem like a positive sign for the stock, but if the company is not growing, its stock's value is also not likely to rise. The PEG ratio solves this problem by including a growth factor into its calculation. PEG is calculated by dividing the stock's P/E ratio by its expected 12 month growth rate.

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How to Score the PEG Ratio
  • Pass—Give the PEG Ratio a passing score if its value is less than 1.0.
  • Fail—Give the PEG Ratio a failing score if its value is greater than 1.0.

Looking at the PEG ratio for WMT in Figure 13, WMT should receive a failing score. You can see that the PEG Ratio is above 1.0.

PEG Ratio: FAIL

PEG Ratio
Figure 13—PEG Ratio

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