Is Kohl's (KSS) Stock Undervalued Right Now?

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The proven Zacks Rank system focuses on earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find winning stocks. Nevertheless, we know that our readers all have their own perspectives, so we are always looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong picks.

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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.

Luckily, Zacks has developed its own Style Scores system in an effort to find stocks with specific traits. Value investors will be interested in the system’s “Value” category. Stocks with both “A” grades in the Value category and high Zacks Ranks are among the strongest value stocks on the market right now.

One stock to keep an eye on is Kohl’s (KSS). KSS is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy), as well as a Value grade of A.

We should also highlight that KSS has a P/B ratio of 1.54. 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 2.89. Over the past year, KSS’s P/B has been as high as 1.96 and as low as 0.60, with a median of 1.54.

Value investors also use the P/S ratio. The P/S ratio is is calculated as price divided by sales. This is a prefered metric because revenue can’t really be manipulated, so sales are often a truer performance indicator. KSS has a P/S ratio of 0.43. This compares to its industry’s average P/S of 0.59.

Finally, we should also recognize that KSS has a P/CF ratio of 5.21. This figure highlights a company’s operating cash flow and can be used to find firms that are undervalued when considering their impressive cash outlook. This company’s current P/CF looks solid when compared to its industry’s average P/CF of 11.43. Over the past 52 weeks, KSS’s P/CF has been as high as 13.82 and as low as 3.57, with a median of 6.98.

These are just a handful of the figures considered in Kohl’s’s great Value grade. Still, they help show that the stock is likely being undervalued at the moment. Add this to the strength of its earnings outlook, and we can clearly see that KSS is an impressive value stock right now.

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