Many investors know that screening is a very powerful way to
find the best stocks, but creating your own screens can be
difficult and time consuming. However, with Zacks Premium Screens,
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To show just how easy it can be, I have used on of Zacks Premium
Screens, named the "High Rank Value" screen. Though they are
already implemented for you, the parameters of this screen is that
the stocks must be a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or #2 (Buy) stock,
a price to book ratio under 3, a price to earnings ratio under 15,
and a dividend yield over 2%.
This screen's stocks are all solid investment opportunities that
provide investors with a good "bang for their buck". In today's
market, the average price to earnings ratio is around 20, which
means these stocks are all considered cheaper to most stocks
Below are three of the stocks the "High Rank Value Stocks"
Premium Screen produced, which all have top Zacks Ranks, PE ratios
under 15, divided yields over 2%, and other attributes that make
them solid choices for potential investment:
Dean Foods Company
The Dean Foods Co. is the nation's leading processor and
distributor of fresh milk and other dairy products, and a leader in
the specialty foods industry. The company produces a full line of
company-branded and private label dairy products such as milk and
milk-based beverages, ice cream, coffee creamers, and sour cream,
among several others.
A fellow Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock, Dean Foods also
operates in a top-ranked industry, coming in the top 7% of all
industries ranked by Zacks. The company also owns an A Value Style
Score, in large part to a low PE ratio of 11.66, a price to sales
ratio of .22, and cash flow per share of 3.20.
Dean Foods also owns an A for its Growth Style Score, which can
be attributed to projected earnings growth of 24.66% this year,
return on equity of 20.60%, and current cash flow growth of 93.18%.
There has been a great deal of positive estimate revision activity
from analysts lately too, with 5 analysts raising their estimates
for the current year in the last 60 days. This has pushed the
current year's estimate up to 1.53 from the previous estimate of
1.34 60 days ago.
The FutureFuel Corp. manufacturers diversified chemical products
and biobased products comprised of biofuels and biobased specialty
chemical products. The company operates in two segments: Chemicals
and Biofuels. FF is headquartered in Clayton, Missouri. FutureFuel
Corp. is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock, and the industry in
which it operates is ranked in the top 40% of all industries by
FutureFuel Corp. also holds an A for its Value Style Score,
which can be attributed to a low PE ratio of 10.13, an earnings
yield of 9.48%, cash flow per share of 1.29, and a dividend yield
of 2.01%. The company also offers growth opportunities and holds a
Growth Style Score of a B. Behind the style score are figures like
projected sales growth of 12.85% for the current year, return on
equity of 11.75%, a current ratio of 8.22, and a high net margin of
Manning &Napier Inc.
Manning & Napier Inc. operates as an investment advisor
engaged in managing corporate and union pension and annuity funds,
endowment funds, foundations, profit sharing plans, and benefit
sharing plans. The firm offers equity and fixed income portfolios
and a range of blended asset portfolios. MN also offers investment
solutions through separately managed accounts, mutual funds, and
collective investment trust funds.
Manning & Napier is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock and
offers investors bang for their buck with its B Value Style Score.
That style score can be attributed in most part to a low PE ratio
of 12.10, and earnings yield of 7.82%, a low price to sales ratio
of .55, and a solid dividend yield of 6.64%. The stock also holds a
B for its Growth Style Score, with a sales to assets ratio of 1.33,
return on equity of 10.09%, and a current ratio of 4.55.
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