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Is Celanese (CE) 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 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 company value investors might notice is Celanese (CE). CE is currently holding a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and a Value grade of A. The stock is trading with P/E ratio of 11.35 right now. For comparison, its industry sports an average P/E of 22.30. Over the past 52 weeks, CE's Forward P/E has been as high as 15.33 and as low as 11.26, with a median of 13.18.

CE is also sporting a PEG ratio of 0.56. 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. CE's industry has an average PEG of 1.03 right now. CE's PEG has been as high as 5.76 and as low as 0.56, with a median of 2.44, all within the past year.

Another notable valuation metric for CE is its P/B ratio of 4.29. 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 9. Within the past 52 weeks, CE's P/B has been as high as 5.57 and as low as 3.50, with a median of 4.40.

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


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