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Should Value Investors Buy Olin (OLN) 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 rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.

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.

One stock to keep an eye on is Olin (OLN - Free Report) . OLN is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and an A for Value. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 6.64. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 11.36. Over the last 12 months, OLN's Forward P/E has been as high as 1,647.71 and as low as -5,005.03, with a median of 9.38.

Finally, investors will want to recognize that OLN has a P/CF ratio of 6.76. This metric takes into account a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find stocks that are undervalued based on their solid cash outlook. This company's current P/CF looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 10.11. Over the past year, OLN's P/CF has been as high as 21.07 and as low as 5.41, with a median of 12.04.

These are only a few of the key metrics included in Olin'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, OLN looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.


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