Auto Stocks: Cheap or Value Traps?

Tracey Ryniec

Welcome to Episode #14 of the Value Investor Podcast

Every week, Zacks value stock strategist and the Editor of Zacks Value Investor portfolio service, Tracey Ryniec, talks about all things happening in the value stock universe, including her top stock picks.

This week, Tracey discusses the auto stocks which all look really cheap. Most of them are trading with single digit forward P/Es. Is this a dream come true for value investors or is it a value trap?

Remember, a value trap is a company that appears to be cheap by its fundamentals but which really isn’t because earnings are on the decline.

Tracey dug into the auto stocks to determine if they really are just cheap stocks or if value investors are walking into a trap.

5 Auto Stocks: Cheap or Value Traps?

1.      General Motors (GM) has a forward P/E of just 5.4. 5.4! Is now the time to buy?

2.     Ford (F) is almost as cheap as GM. It has a forward P/E of 6.5. What are investors missing?

3.     Magna International (MGA) makes auto chassis, exterior, vision systems, and roofs. It trades with a forward P/E of 8. Are the auto parts companies in a different place than the auto makers?

4.     Borg Warner (BWA) has a forward P/E of 10.5. It makes combustion systems, starters and alternators.

5.     Lear Corporation (LEA) makes seating and electrical systems for the auto industry. It has a forward P/E of 8.7. Are rising earnings estimates a game changer?

Find out what Tracey thinks about these value stocks on this week’s podcast.

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