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Are Investors Undervaluing Paccar (PCAR) Right Now?

Here at Zacks, we focus on our proven ranking system, which places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, to find winning stocks. But we also understand that investors develop their own strategies, so we are constantly looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong companies for our readers.

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 rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.

Luckily, Zacks has developed its own Style Scores system in an effort to find stocks with specific traits. Value investors will be interested in the system's "Value" category. Stocks with both "A" grades in the Value category and high Zacks Ranks are among the strongest value stocks on the market right now.

One company to watch right now is Paccar (PCAR). PCAR is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 9.41, which compares to its industry's average of 10.18. Over the past 52 weeks, PCAR's Forward P/E has been as high as 17.87 and as low as 9.41, with a median of 11.89.

Investors will also notice that PCAR has a PEG ratio of 0.87. This figure is similar to the commonly-used P/E ratio, with the PEG ratio also factoring in a company's expected earnings growth rate. PCAR's PEG compares to its industry's average PEG of 1.40. PCAR's PEG has been as high as 1.79 and as low as 0.87, with a median of 1.22, all within the past year.

Finally, we should also recognize that PCAR has a P/CF ratio of 6.35. This figure highlights a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find firms that are undervalued when considering their impressive cash outlook. This company's current P/CF looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 6.37. Over the past 52 weeks, PCAR's P/CF has been as high as 12.39 and as low as 6.35, with a median of 7.87.

Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Paccar is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, PCAR sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.

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