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Service Corp. (SCI) is a Top-Ranked Value Stock: Should You Buy?

Taking full advantage of the stock market and investing with confidence are common goals for new and old investors alike.

While you may have an investing style you rely on, finding great stocks is made easier with the Zacks Style Scores. These are complementary indicators that rate stocks based on value, growth, and/or momentum characteristics.

Why Investors Should Pay Attention to This Value Stock

Different than growth or momentum investors, value-focused investors are all about finding good stocks at good prices, and discovering which companies are trading under what their true value is before the broader market catches on. The Value Style Score utilizes ratios like P/E, PEG, Price/Sales, and Price/Cash Flow to help pick out the most attractive and discounted stocks.

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Service Corp. (SCI)

Known for its transcontinental brand namely Dignity Memorial, Service Corporation International has been strengthening its funeral and cemetery businesses for a while now. Notably, the company had a market share of 15-16% in North America’s death care industry in 2019. With a wide repertoire of funeral service and cemetery operations, the company remains well-positioned to take advantage of the aging Baby Boomer generation. In this context, Service Corporation's funeral service locations, cemeteries, funeral service/cemetery combination locations, crematoria and other related businesses spread across geographies are noteworthy. Additionally, the company’s active acquisition efforts, including 15 funeral homes and seven cemeteries in June 2018, have been accretive.

SCI is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock, with a Value Style Score of B and VGM Score of B. Shares are currently trading at a forward P/E of 18.5X for the current fiscal year compared to the Funeral Services industry's P/E of 11.5X. Additionally, SCI has a PEG Ratio of 1.8 and a Price/Cash Flow ratio of 11.7X. Value investors should also note SCI's Price/Sales ratio of 2.4X.

Value investors don't just pay attention to a company's valuation ratios; positive earnings play a crucial role, too. One analyst revised their earnings estimate upwards in the last 60 days for fiscal 2024. The Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased $0.01 to $3.66 per share. SCI has an average earnings surprise of 6.1%.

With strong valuation and earnings metrics, a good Zacks Rank, and top-tier Value and VGM Style Scores, investors should strongly think about adding SCI to their portfolios.

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