Investors looking for stocks in the REIT and Equity Trust - Other sector might want to consider either Alpine Income (PINE) or Sunstone Hotel Investors (SHO). But which of these two stocks offers value investors a better bang for their buck right now? We'll need to take a closer look.
The best way to find great value stocks is to pair a strong Zacks Rank with an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system. The Zacks Rank is a proven strategy that targets companies with positive earnings estimate revision trends, while our Style Scores work to grade companies based on specific traits.
Alpine Income and Sunstone Hotel Investors are sporting Zacks Ranks of #2 (Buy) and #5 (Strong Sell), respectively, right now. The Zacks Rank favors stocks that have recently seen positive revisions to their earnings estimates, so investors should rest assured that PINE has an improving earnings outlook. But this is just one factor that value investors are interested in.
Value investors also try to analyze a wide range of traditional figures and metrics to help determine whether a company is undervalued at its current share price levels.
The Value category of the Style Scores system identifies undervalued companies by looking at a number of key metrics. These include the long-favored P/E ratio, P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a variety of other fundamentals that help us determine a company's fair value.
PINE currently has a forward P/E ratio of 10.86, while SHO has a forward P/E of 12.97. We also note that PINE has a PEG ratio of 1.81. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. SHO currently has a PEG ratio of 4.97.
Another notable valuation metric for PINE is its P/B ratio of 0.78. The P/B is a method of comparing a stock's market value to its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. By comparison, SHO has a P/B of 1.25.
These metrics, and several others, help PINE earn a Value grade of B, while SHO has been given a Value grade of D.
PINE sticks out from SHO in both our Zacks Rank and Style Scores models, so value investors will likely feel that PINE is the better option right now.
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