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Should Value Investors Buy Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) Stock?

Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Nevertheless, we are always paying attention to...

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Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Nevertheless, we are always paying attention to the latest value, growth, and momentum trends to underscore strong picks.

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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 fundamental analysis and traditional valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are being undervalued by the market at large.

On top of the Zacks Rank, investors can also look at our innovative Style Scores system to find stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will want to focus on the "Value" category. Stocks with high Zacks Ranks and "A" grades for Value will be some of the highest-quality value stocks on the market today.

One company value investors might notice is Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK). SBLK is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as a Value grade of A. The stock holds a P/E ratio of 3.42, while its industry has an average P/E of 4.84. Over the past year, SBLK's Forward P/E has been as high as 9.52 and as low as 3.23, with a median of 5.68.

Finally, investors will want to recognize that SBLK has a P/CF ratio of 5.60. This metric takes into account a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find stocks that are undervalued based on their solid cash outlook. SBLK's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 6.26. Over the past 52 weeks, SBLK's P/CF has been as high as 10.60 and as low as 4.45, with a median of 6.48.

Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Star Bulk Carriers is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, SBLK sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.



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