Bryan Fuller’s Design Elevated Television

The character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter is timeless even though it remains younger than the creation of horror icons such as Dracula and The Wolfman. The Silence of the Lambs was a groundbreaking film for the genre it called home, but not many would expect a television show done decades afterward would be as pervasive, if not more. The show Hannibal, running for 3 seasons on NBC from 2013-2015, focuses on the introduction of a character by the name of Will Graham who, as a behavioral analyst, reluctantly assists the FBI with a case involving murdered young women.

A Love Letter To Hannibal: An Artform On The Small Screen
A surreal courtroom scene from Hannibal. Source: NBC

Eventually, the assistance of a seemingly innocent Dr. Hannibal Lecter is provided to Will and Agent Jack Crawford. This would sound like any detective or murder mystery television show, so what was and still is in the intrigue into the show that has developed such a landmark fan-base?

A Love Letter To Hannibal: An Artform On The Small Screen
Still image from an episode of Hannibal. Source: NBC

Well, it’s not one singular thing that sticks out to me, instead, it is a combination of aspects that bring the series to cult status. From the visual genius of Jaro Dick who held the majority weight of set design to the eerie and mood shifting musical composition by Brian Reitzell, the individuals involved in this Bryan Fuller project show how well they’ve worked together. Hannibal becomes nothing without the addition of a stellar cast, from Hugh Dancy as Will Graham to Mads Mikkelsen who played Hannibal Lecter. The many pieces that put together the entire puzzle of Hannibal seemed to work so well, so many were surprised by the short run it seemed to have years ago. The cancellation after only 39 episodes was something shocking to those who looked forward to the twists

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Zacks Value Trader Highlights: Anthem, Cigna Corp, Gray Television, Hibbett Sports and Meritage Homes

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Chicago, IL – October 2, 2020 – Zacks Value Trader is a podcast hosted weekly by Zacks Stock Strategist Tracey Ryniec. Every week, Tracey will be joined by guests to discuss the hottest investing topics in stocks, bonds and ETFs and how it impacts your life. To listen to the podcast, click here:

Welcome to Episode #208 of the Value Investor Podcast.

Every week, Tracey Ryniec, the editor of Zacks Value Investor portfolio, shares some of her top value investing tips and stock picks.

With the S&P 500 briefly testing a 10% correction, before finishing September down 3.9%, now’s the time to screen for classic value stocks.

Screening for Classic Value

Classic value is the toughest to screen for.

It involves all of the classic value fundamentals including low price-to-earnings, price-to-book, price-to-sales and price to cash flow ratios along with a PEG ratio under 1.0, which indicates both growth and value.

That would limit the screen considerably.

But if you add on the top Zacks Ranks of #1 (Strong Buy) and #2 (Buy), which should mean earnings estimates are on the rise, that will narrow it further.

And to top it off, why not throw on Zacks Value Style Scores of A or B, which are the top style scores.

This screen produced just 9 stocks.

They’re all cheap with top Ranks and Style Scores.

5 Top Classic Value Stocks

1. Anthem, Inc. ANTM is a healthcare insurer with a market cap of $67 billion. Shares are down 11.5% this year due to uncertainty over the future of the ACA, aka Obamacare. It has a forward P/E of 11.6 and a P/S ratio of just 0.6.

2. Cigna Corporation CI is also a healthcare insurer with a market cap of $63 billion. It’s shares are down 17.5%