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 tried-and-true metrics and fundamental analysis to find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.
Zacks has developed the innovative Style Scores system to highlight stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will be interested in stocks with great grades in the "Value" category. When paired with a high Zacks Rank, "A" grades in the Value category are among the strongest value stocks on the market today.
One company to watch right now is Ally Financial (ALLY). ALLY is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 7.28. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 7.34. Over the past year, ALLY's Forward P/E has been as high as 13.05 and as low as 6.90, with a median of 8.59.
Another valuation metric that we should highlight is ALLY's P/B ratio of 0.81. The P/B ratio pits a stock's market value against its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This company's current P/B looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/B of 0.88. Over the past 12 months, ALLY's P/B has been as high as 1.01 and as low as 0.77, with a median of 0.88.
Finally, our model also underscores that ALLY has a P/CF ratio of 3.80. This metric focuses on a firm's operating cash flow and is often used to find stocks that are undervalued based on the strength of their cash outlook. ALLY's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 5.79. Over the past year, ALLY's P/CF has been as high as 4.92 and as low as 3.61, with a median of 4.26.
These figures are just a handful of the metrics value investors tend to look at, but they help show that Ally Financial is likely being undervalued right now. Considering this, as well as the strength of its earnings outlook, ALLY feels like a great value stock at the moment.