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Are Investors Undervaluing Unicom (CHU) Right Now?

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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 the latest value, growth, and momentum trends to underscore 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 tried-and-true metrics and fundamental analysis to find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.

On top of the Zacks Rank, investors can also look at our innovative Style Scores system to find stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will want to focus on the "Value" category. Stocks with high Zacks Ranks and "A" grades for Value will be some of the highest-quality value stocks on the market today.

One stock to keep an eye on is Unicom (CHU). CHU is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value.

Investors should also note that CHU holds a PEG ratio of 0.31. 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. CHU's PEG compares to its industry's average PEG of 0.65. Within the past year, CHU's PEG has been as high as 0.36 and as low as 0.31, with a median of 0.32.

Investors should also recognize that CHU has a P/B ratio of 0.85. 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 attractive against its industry's average P/B of 1.03. CHU's P/B has been as high as 0.94 and as low as 0.66, with a median of 0.76, over the past year.

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


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