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Here are four stocks with buy rank and strong value characteristics for investors to consider today, March 17th:

Alcoa Corporation (AA - Free Report) : This major bauxite and aluminum miner has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), and seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing more than 100% over the last 60 days.

Alcoa Corp. Price and Consensus

Alcoa Corp. Price and Consensus | Alcoa Corp. Quote

Alcoa’s has a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 12.65, compared with 34.20 for the industry. The company possesses a Value Score of A.

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation NTT: This telecommunications services provider has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), and seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 2.4% over the last 60 days.

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone’s has a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 12.64, compared with 16.90 for the industry. The company possesses a Value Score of A.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (AEL - Free Report) : This fixed rate annuity products seller has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), and seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 3.5% over the last 60 days.

American Equity Investment Life Holding’s has a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 10.86, compared with 12.90 for the industry. The company possesses a Value Score of A.

Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. (SHG - Free Report) : This major financial services companyhas a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), and seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 17.2% over the last 60 days.

Shinhan Financial Group’s has a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 9.54, compared with 13.10 for the industry. The company possesses a Value Score of A.

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