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Are Investors Undervaluing Fulton Financial (FULT) Right Now?

Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Nevertheless, we are always paying attention to...

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Here at Zacks, we focus on our proven ranking system, which places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, to find winning stocks. But we also understand that investors develop their own strategies, so we are constantly looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong companies for our readers.

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Of these, perhaps no stock market trend is more popular than value investing, which is a strategy that has proven to be successful in all sorts of market environments. Value investors rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.

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 company to watch right now is Fulton Financial (FULT). FULT is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value.

We should also highlight that FULT has a P/B ratio of 1.11. Investors use the P/B ratio to look at a stock's market value versus its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This stock's P/B looks solid versus its industry's average P/B of 1.75. Within the past 52 weeks, FULT's P/B has been as high as 1.20 and as low as 0.85, with a median of 1.05.

Value investors also frequently use the P/S ratio. This metric is found by dividing a stock's price with the company's revenue. This is a prefered metric because revenue can't really be manipulated, so sales are often a truer performance indicator. FULT has a P/S ratio of 2.75. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 3.01.

Finally, we should also recognize that FULT has a P/CF ratio of 9.14. 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. This stock's P/CF looks attractive against its industry's average P/CF of 17.70. Over the past 52 weeks, FULT's P/CF has been as high as 13.28 and as low as 7.99, with a median of 9.40.

These figures are just a handful of the metrics value investors tend to look at, but they help show that Fulton Financial is likely being undervalued right now. Considering this, as well as the strength of its earnings outlook, FULT feels like a great value stock at the moment.



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