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ASGN vs. NOW: Which Stock Should Value Investors Buy Now?

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Investors interested in stocks from the Computers – IT Services sector have probably already heard of ASGN Inc (ASGN) and ServiceNow (NOW). But which of these two companies is the best option for those looking for undervalued stocks? Let’s take a closer look.

We have found that the best way to discover great value opportunities is to pair a strong Zacks Rank with a great grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system. The proven Zacks Rank puts an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, while our Style Scores work to identify stocks with specific traits.

Right now, ASGN Inc is sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), while ServiceNow has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold). This system places an emphasis on companies that have seen positive earnings estimate revisions, so investors should feel comfortable knowing that ASGN is likely seeing its earnings outlook improve to a greater extent. However, value investors will care about much more than just this.

Value investors also try to analyze a wide range of traditional figures and metrics to help determine whether a company is undervalued at its current share price levels.


The Value category of the Style Scores system identifies undervalued companies by looking at a number of key metrics. These include the long-favored P/E ratio, P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a variety of other fundamentals that help us determine a company’s fair value.

ASGN currently has a forward P/E ratio of 12.63, while NOW has a forward P/E of 59.98. We also note that ASGN has a PEG ratio of 1.07. This popular figure is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also considers a company’s expected EPS growth rate. NOW currently has a PEG ratio of 1.82.

Another notable valuation metric for ASGN is its P/B ratio of 2.73. The P/B ratio pits a stock’s market value against its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. For comparison, NOW has a P/B of 33.06.

These are just a few of the metrics contributing to ASGN’s Value grade of A and NOW’s Value grade of F.

ASGN is currently sporting an improving earnings outlook, which makes it stick out in our Zacks Rank model. And, based on the above valuation metrics, we feel that ASGN is likely the superior value option right now.


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