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Is Designer Brands (DBI) a Great Value Stock 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.

Considering these trends, value investing is clearly one of the most preferred ways to find strong stocks in any type of 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 Designer Brands (DBI). DBI is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 8.98, which compares to its industry's average of 12.87. Over the past year, DBI's Forward P/E has been as high as 19.51 and as low as 8.88, with a median of 14.04.

Investors should also note that DBI holds a PEG ratio of 0.60. 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. DBI's industry has an average PEG of 1.25 right now. Within the past year, DBI's PEG has been as high as 2.79 and as low as 0.59, with a median of 1.56.

We should also highlight that DBI has a P/B ratio of 1.86. The P/B ratio is used to compare a stock's market value with 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 2.91. Over the past year, DBI's P/B has been as high as 2.98 and as low as 1.84, with a median of 2.26.

Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Designer Brands is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, DBI sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.

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