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Are Investors Undervaluing Ingles (IMKTA) Right Now?

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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.

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.

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 Ingles (IMKTA). IMKTA is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock is trading with P/E ratio of 8.90 right now. For comparison, its industry sports an average P/E of 19.42. Over the past 52 weeks, IMKTA's Forward P/E has been as high as 12.24 and as low as 7.79, with a median of 9.41.

Investors will also notice that IMKTA has a PEG ratio of 1.11. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. IMKTA's industry has an average PEG of 3.26 right now. Within the past year, IMKTA's PEG has been as high as 1.24 and as low as 0.88, with a median of 0.99.

Value investors also love the P/S ratio, which is calculated by simply dividing a stock's price with the company's sales. Some people prefer this metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement. This means it could be a truer performance indicator. IMKTA has a P/S ratio of 0.15. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 0.24.

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


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