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.
Of these, perhaps no stock market trend is more popular than value investing, which is a strategy that has proven to be successful in all sorts of market environments. Value investors use a variety of methods, including tried-and-true valuation metrics, to find these stocks.
In addition to the Zacks Rank, investors looking for stocks with specific traits can utilize our Style Scores system. Of course, value investors will be most interested in the system's "Value" category. Stocks with "A" grades for Value and high Zacks Ranks are among the best value stocks available at any given moment.
One stock to keep an eye on is Hub Group (HUBG). HUBG is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) and an A for Value. The stock holds a P/E ratio of 17.41, while its industry has an average P/E of 22.04. HUBG's Forward P/E has been as high as 31.41 and as low as 16.19, with a median of 19.75, all within the past year.
We should also highlight that HUBG has a P/B ratio of 2.26. Investors use the P/B ratio to look at a stock's market value versus its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. HUBG's current P/B looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/B of 4.60. Over the past year, HUBG's P/B has been as high as 2.49 and as low as 1.72, with a median of 2.16.
Finally, investors should note that HUBG has a P/CF ratio of 7.57. 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. HUBG's P/CF compares to its industry's average P/CF of 20.07. Within the past 12 months, HUBG's P/CF has been as high as 14.89 and as low as 6.30, with a median of 8.07.
These are only a few of the key metrics included in Hub Group's strong Value grade, but they help show that the stock is likely undervalued right now. When factoring in the strength of its earnings outlook, HUBG looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.
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