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Encore Capital Group has the Lowest PEG Ratio in the Specialized Finance Industry (ECPG, MXB, MCO)

Published on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 11:23
By Robert Cotter

Below are the three companies in the Specialized Finance industry with the lowest price to earnings to growth (PEG) ratios. PEG is valuable in assessing the tradeoff between the price of a stock and expected growth. Generally, the lower the PEG, the better.

Encore Capital Group (NASDAQ:ECPG) is lowest with a PEG ratio of 0.61. Encore Capital Group, Inc. specializes in the collection, restructuring, resale, and securitization of receivable portfolios acquired at deep discounts. Encore Capital Group has traded 4,000 shares thus far today, vs. average volume of 227,000 shares per day. The stock has outperformed the Dow (1.1% to the Dow's 0.2%) and outperformed the S&P 500 (1.1% to the S&P's 0.1%) during today's trading.

Following is MSCI (NYSE:MXB) with a PEG ratio of 0.85.

Finishing up the bottom three is Moody's (NYSE:MCO), with a PEG ratio of 0.98.

By Robert Cotter
rcotter@fnno.com