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The Style Scores are a complementary set of indicators to use alongside the Zacks Rank. It allows the user to better focus on the stocks that are the best fit for his or her personal trading style.
The scores are based on the trading styles of Value, Growth, and Momentum. There's also a VGM Score ('V' for Value, 'G' for Growth and 'M' for Momentum), which combines the weighted average of the individual style scores into one score.
Within each Score, stocks are graded into five groups: A, B, C, D and F. As you might remember from your school days, an A, is better than a B; a B is better than a C; a C is better than a D; and a D is better than an F.
As an investor, you want to buy stocks with the highest probability of success. That means you want to buy stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 or #2, Strong Buy or Buy, which also has a Score of an A or a B in your personal trading style.
The industry with the best average Zacks Rank would be considered the top industry (1 out of 265), which would place it in the top 1% of Zacks Ranked Industries. The industry with the worst average Zacks Rank (265 out of 265) would place in the bottom 1%.
Zacks' proprietary data indicates that HF Sinclair Corporation is currently rated as a Zacks Rank 3 and we are expecting an inline return from the DINO shares relative to the market in the next few months. In addition, HF Sinclair Corporation has a VGM Score of A (this is a weighted average of the individual Style Scores which allow you to focus on the stocks that best fit your personal trading style). Valuation metrics show that HF Sinclair Corporation may be undervalued. Its Value Score of A indicates it would be a good pick for value investors. The financial health and growth prospects of DINO, demonstrate its potential to outperform the market. It currently has a Growth Score of A. Recent price changes and earnings estimate revisions indicate this would be a good stock for momentum investors with a Momentum Score of A.
The ever popular one-page Snapshot reports are generated for virtually every single Zacks Ranked stock. It's packed with all of the company's key stats and salient decision making information. Including the Zacks Rank, Zacks Industry Rank, Style Scores, the Price, Consensus & Surprise chart, graphical estimate analysis and how a stocks stacks up to its peers.
The detailed multi-page Analyst report does an even deeper dive on the company's vital statistics. In addition to all of the proprietary analysis in the Snapshot, the report also visually displays the four components of the Zacks Rank (Agreement, Magnitude, Upside and Surprise); provides a comprehensive overview of the company business drivers, complete with earnings and sales charts; a recap of their last earnings report; and a bulleted list of reasons to buy or sell the stock. It also includes an industry comparison table to see how your stock compares to its expanded industry, and the S&P 500.
The Value Scorecard identifies the stocks most likely to outperform based on its valuation metrics. This list of both classic and unconventional valuation items helps separate which stocks are overvalued, rightly lowly valued, and temporarily undervalued which are poised to move higher.
The Growth Scorecard evaluates sales and earnings growth along with other important growth measures. This includes measuring aspects of the Income Statement, Statement of Cash Flows, the Balance Sheet, and more. Some of the items you'll see in this category might look very familiar, while other items might be quite new to some. But they all have their place in the Growth style.
The Momentum Scorecard focuses on price and earnings momentum and indicates when the timing is right to enter a stock. The analyzed items go beyond simple trend analysis. The tested combination of price performance, and earnings momentum (both actual and estimate revisions), creates a powerful timeliness indicator to help you identify stocks on the move so you know when to get in and when to get out.
The X Industry (aka Expanded Industry) is a subset of the M (Medium Sized) Industry, which is a subset of the larger Sector category, which is used to classify all of the stocks in the Zacks Universe. The Zacks database contains over 10,000 stocks. All of those stocks are classified into three groups: Sector, M Industry and X Industry. There are 17 Sectors, 60 different M Industries, and 265 X Industries.
For example, a regional bank would be classified in the Finance Sector. Within the Finance Sector, it would fall into the M Industry of Banks & Thrifts. And within the M Industry, it might further be delineated into the X Industry group called Banks Northeast. This allows the investor to be as broad or as specific as they want to be when selecting stocks.
The X Industry values displayed in this column are the median values for all of the stocks within their respective industry. When evaluating a stock, it can be useful to compare it to its industry as a point of reference. Moreover, when comparing stocks in different industries, it can become even more important to look at the relative measures, since different stocks in different industries have different values that are considered normal.
Like the earnings yield, which shows the anticipated yield (or return) on a stock based on the earnings and the price paid, the cash yield does the same, but with cash being the numerator instead of earnings. For example, a cash/price ratio, or cash yield, of .08 suggests an 8% return or 8 cents for every $1 of investment.
Enterprise Value / Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization is a valuation metric used to measure a company's value and is helpful in comparing one stock to another.
Enterprise Value (EV) is Market Capitalization + Debt - Cash. Many investors prefer EV to just Market Cap as a better way to determine the value of a company. EBITDA, as the acronym depicts, is earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. That means these items are added back into the net income to produce this earnings number. Since there is a fair amount of discretion in what's included and not included in the 'ITDA' portion of this calculation, it is considered a non-GAAP metric. The EV/EBITDA ratio is a valuation multiple and is often used in addition, or as an alternative, to the P/E ratio. And like the P/E ratio, a lower number is typically considered 'better' than a higher number.
The PEG ratio is the P/E ratio divided by its growth rate. This ratio essentially compares the P/E to its growth rate, thus, for many, telling a more complete story than just the P/E ratio alone.
Conventional wisdom says that a PEG ratio of 1 or less is considered good (at par or undervalued to its growth rate). A value greater than 1, in general, is not as good (overvalued to its growth rate). For example, a company with a P/E ratio of 25 and a growth rate of 20% would have a PEG ratio of 1.25 (25 / 20 = 1.25). A company with a P/E ratio of 40 and a growth rate of 50% would have a PEG ratio of 0.80 (40 / 50 = 0.80). Traditionally, investors would look at the stock with the lower P/E and deem it a bargain. But when compared to its growth rate, it does't have the earnings growth to justify its P/E. In this example, the one with the P/E of 40 is the better bargain because it is selling at a discount to its growth rate. So the PEG ratio tells you what you're paying for each unit of earnings growth.
The Price to Book ratio or P/B is calculated as market capitalization divided by its book value. (Book value is defined as total assets minus liabilities, preferred stocks, and intangible assets.) In short, this is how much a company is worth. Investors use this metric to determine how a company's stock price stacks up to its intrinsic value.
A P/B of 1 means it's selling at its per share book value. A P/B of 2 means it's selling at 2 times its book value. A P/B of 0.5 means its selling at half its book value. Note; companies will typically sell for more than their book value in much the same way that a company will sell at a multiple of its earnings. The median P/B ratio for stocks in the S&P is just over 3. While a P/B of less than 3 would mean it's trading at a discount to the market, different industries have different median P/B values. So, as with other valuation metrics, it's a good idea to compare it to its relevant industry.
The Price to Cash Flow ratio or P/CF is price divided by its cash flow per share. It's another great way to determine whether a company is undervalued or overvalued with the denominator being cash flow.
One of the reasons why some investors prefer the P/CF ratio over the P/E ratio is because the net income of the cash flow portion rightly adds depreciation and amortization back in since these are not cash expenditures. In contrast, the net income that goes into the earnings portion of the P/E ratio does not add these in, thus artificially reducing the income and skewing the P/E ratio. Like the P/E ratio, a lower number is considered better. A value under 20 is generally considered good. Our testing substantiates this with the optimum range for price performance between 0-20. 041b061a72