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Should Value Investors Buy Albertsons Companies, Inc. (ACI) Stock?

Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Neverthe...

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While the proven Zacks Rank places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find strong stocks, we also know that investors tend to develop their own individual strategies. With this in mind, we are always looking at value, growth, and momentum trends to discover great companies.

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Looking at the history of these trends, perhaps none is more beloved than value investing. This strategy simply looks to identify companies that are being undervalued by the broader market. Value investors use tried-and-true metrics and fundamental analysis to find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.

In addition to the Zacks Rank, investors looking for stocks with specific traits can utilize our Style Scores system. Of course, value investors will be most interested in the system's "Value" category. Stocks with "A" grades for Value and high Zacks Ranks are among the best value stocks available at any given moment.

One stock to keep an eye on is Albertsons Companies, Inc. (ACI). ACI is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) and an A for Value. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 14.91, which compares to its industry's average of 24.13. Over the past year, ACI's Forward P/E has been as high as 14.91 and as low as 5.35, with a median of 9.37.

ACI is also sporting a PEG ratio of 1.24. This figure is similar to the commonly-used P/E ratio, with the PEG ratio also factoring in a company's expected earnings growth rate. ACI's PEG compares to its industry's average PEG of 1.69. ACI's PEG has been as high as 1.24 and as low as 0.45, with a median of 0.80, all within the past year.

Finally, investors will want to recognize that ACI has a P/CF ratio of 8.28. This metric takes into account a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find stocks that are undervalued based on their solid cash outlook. ACI's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 15.37. Over the past 52 weeks, ACI's P/CF has been as high as 8.28 and as low as 2.15, with a median of 3.45.

These are only a few of the key metrics included in Albertsons Companies, Inc.'s strong Value grade, but they help show that the stock is likely undervalued right now. When factoring in the strength of its earnings outlook, ACI looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.



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