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.
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 tried-and-true metrics and fundamental analysis to find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.
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 company value investors might notice is Dish Network (DISH). DISH is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as a Value grade of A. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 8.66, which compares to its industry's average of 16.07. Over the past year, DISH's Forward P/E has been as high as 25.34 and as low as 8.35, with a median of 14.22.
Another valuation metric that we should highlight is DISH's P/B ratio of 1.47. The P/B ratio is used to compare a stock's market value with 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 2.58. Over the past year, DISH's P/B has been as high as 3.38 and as low as 1.36, with a median of 2.11.
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 popular metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement, so they are often considered a better performance indicator. DISH has a P/S ratio of 0.9. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 2.17.
Finally, our model also underscores that DISH has a P/CF ratio of 4.06. 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. DISH's P/CF compares to its industry's average P/CF of 5.48. Over the past year, DISH's P/CF has been as high as 9.03 and as low as 3.76, with a median of 5.76.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in Dish Network's great Value grade. Still, they help show that the stock is likely being undervalued at the moment. Add this to the strength of its earnings outlook, and we can clearly see that DISH is an impressive value stock right now.
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