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Is Ally Financial (ALLY) Stock Undervalued Right Now?

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The proven Zacks Rank system focuses on earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find winning stocks. Nevertheless, we know that our readers all have their own perspectives, so we are always looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong picks.

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 a variety of methods, including tried-and-true valuation metrics, to find these stocks.

Zacks has developed the innovative Style Scores system to highlight stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will be interested in stocks with great grades in the "Value" category. When paired with a high Zacks Rank, "A" grades in the Value category are among the strongest value stocks on the market today.

One company value investors might notice is Ally Financial (ALLY). ALLY is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as a Value grade of A.

Investors should also note that ALLY holds a PEG ratio of 0.57. 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. ALLY's industry currently sports an average PEG of 0.58. Within the past year, ALLY's PEG has been as high as 0.69 and as low as 0.45, with a median of 0.59.

Another notable valuation metric for ALLY is its P/B ratio of 0.91. The P/B is a method of comparing a stock's market value to its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This company's current P/B looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/B of 1. Within the past 52 weeks, ALLY's P/B has been as high as 0.91 and as low as 0.65, with a median of 0.85.

Finally, investors will want to recognize that ALLY has a P/CF ratio of 4.01. This figure highlights a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find firms that are undervalued when considering their impressive cash outlook. This stock's P/CF looks attractive against its industry's average P/CF of 5.15. Over the past year, ALLY's P/CF has been as high as 4.42 and as low as 3.08, with a median of 3.93.

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


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