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Is Unilever PLC (UL) Stock Undervalued 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.

Considering these trends, value investing is clearly one of the most preferred ways to find strong stocks in any type of market. Value investors rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.

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 company value investors might notice is Unilever PLC (UL). UL 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 21.06, which compares to its industry's average of 22.81. Over the last 12 months, UL's Forward P/E has been as high as 21.52 and as low as 18.18, with a median of 19.71.

Another notable valuation metric for UL is its P/B ratio of 5.05. 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. UL's current P/B looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/B of 5.45. UL's P/B has been as high as 5.08 and as low as 4.05, with a median of 4.59, over the past year.

These are only a few of the key metrics included in Unilever PLC's strong Value grade, but they help show that the stock is likely undervalued right now. When factoring in the strength of its earnings outlook, UL looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.


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