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Is Dillard's (DDS) Stock Undervalued Right Now?

Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Neverthe...

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Here at Zacks, we focus on our proven ranking system, which places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, to find winning stocks. But we also understand that investors develop their own strategies, so we are constantly looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong companies for our readers.

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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 tried-and-true metrics and fundamental analysis to find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.

Zacks has developed the innovative Style Scores system to highlight stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will be interested in stocks with great grades in the "Value" category. When paired with a high Zacks Rank, "A" grades in the Value category are among the strongest value stocks on the market today.

Dillard's (DDS) is a stock many investors are watching right now. DDS is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy), as well as a Value grade of A.

Investors should also recognize that DDS has a P/B ratio of 2.66. 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. This company's current P/B looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/B of 3.04. Over the past year, DDS's P/B has been as high as 2.69 and as low as 0.48, with a median of 1.41.

Finally, our model also underscores that DDS has a P/CF ratio of 6.71. 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. DDS's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 12.03. Over the past year, DDS's P/CF has been as high as 15.93 and as low as 4.60, with a median of 8.43.

These are only a few of the key metrics included in Dillard's'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, DDS looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.



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