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Zacks.com featured highlights: KB Home, Louisiana-Pacific, Leucadia National, Ultra Clean Holdings and Steel Dynamics

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Chicago, IL – April 05, 2017 - Stocks in this week’s article include KB Home (NYSE: KBH Free Report ), Louisiana-Pacific (NYSE: LPX Free Report ), Leucadia National (NYSE: LUK Free Report ), Ultra Clean Holdings (NASDAQ: UCTT Free Report ) and Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ: XCRA Free Report ).

Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research by Kevin Matras:

Why the P/S Ratio Is My Favorite Valuation Metric

This week, I'm going to focus on the Price to Sales ratio for finding great stocks at great values.

The Price to Sales ratio is a great valuation metric. And given the recent run-up in stocks, value, to me, is becoming more and more important.

In fact, aside from the Zacks Rank, if I could only use one item to screen and pick stocks with, this item would be the one.

Definition

Let's first start with a definition.

The Price to Sales ratio is simply: Price divided by Sales

If the Price to Sales ratio is 1 that means you're paying $1 for every $1 of sales the company makes.

A price to sales ratio of 2 means you're paying $2 for every $1 of sales the company makes.

As you might have guessed, the lower the Price the Sales ratio, the better.

A price to Sales ratio of .5 means you're paying 50 cents for every $1 of sales the company makes.

And paying less than a dollar for a dollar's worth of something is a good bargain.

One of the reasons I like the Price to Sales ratio is because it looks at sales rather than earnings, like the P/E ratio does.

And sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement than earnings.

Secondly, I'd be hard pressed to find a screen where adding the Price to Sales ratio didn't improve it.

Price to Sales Study

For me, I prefer to look for stocks with a Price to Sales ratio under 1. Although, I'm willing to go up to 4, depending on the industry.

But in my testing, as the illustration below shows, those with a Price to Sales ratio of 1 or less produced the best returns. Between 1 and 2 also outperformed pretty significantly. But once you got over 4, the odds were against you.

  • P/S range greater than or equal to 0 and less than or equal to 1:Average Annual Return: 17.8%

  • P/S range greater than 1 and less than or equal to 2: Average Annual Return: 11.1%

  • P/S range greater than 2 and less than or equal to 3: Average Annual Return: 7.3%

  • P/S range greater than 3 and less than or equal to 4: Average Annual Return: 3.8%

  • P/S range greater than 4: Average Annual Return: -7.9%

But the best way to use it, I've found, is to find stocks with a Price to Sales ratio below the median for its Industry.

And that's what we'll be focusing on in this week's screen.

Screen Parameters

Projected Growth Rate greater than or equal to Projected Growth Rate for the S&P
(Above market growth rates.)

Last Earnings Surprise greater than 0

(Positive EPS Surprise)

Last Sales Surprise greater than 0

(Positive Sales Surprise)

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2

(Only stocks with a Zacks Rank of a Strong Buy or Buy get through.)

Price to Sales less than or equal to Median Price to Sales for its Industry

(Valuations that are lower than their Industry.)

Price greater than or equal to $5

Avg. 20 Day Volume greater than or equal to 100,000

Stock Selections

Here are 5 stocks from this week's list:

(NYSE:KBH Free Report ) KB Home

(NYSE:LPX Free Report ) Louisiana-Pacific

(NYSE:LUK Free Report ) Leucadia National

(NASDAQ:UCTT Free Report ) Ultra Clean Holdings

(NASDAQ:XCRA Free Report ) Steel Dynamics

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