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Should Value Investors Buy Preferred Apartment Communities (APTS) Stock?

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Here at Zacks, we focus on our proven ranking system, which places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, to find winning stocks. But we also understand that investors develop their own strategies, so we are constantly looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong companies for our readers.

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.

Luckily, Zacks has developed its own Style Scores system in an effort to find stocks with specific traits. Value investors will be interested in the system's "Value" category. Stocks with both "A" grades in the Value category and high Zacks Ranks are among the strongest value stocks on the market right now.

Preferred Apartment Communities (APTS) is a stock many investors are watching right now. APTS is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 9.58. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 20.22. APTS's Forward P/E has been as high as 11.69 and as low as 8.18, with a median of 10.18, all within the past year.

Investors should also note that APTS holds a PEG ratio of 1.37. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. APTS's PEG compares to its industry's average PEG of 3.20. Over the last 12 months, APTS's PEG has been as high as 1.67 and as low as 1.17, with a median of 1.45.

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

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