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Are Investors Undervaluing United Natural Foods (UNFI) Right Now?

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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 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.

United Natural Foods (UNFI - Free Report) is a stock many investors are watching right now. UNFI is currently holding a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and a Value grade of A. The stock holds a P/E ratio of 8.11, while its industry has an average P/E of 17.54. Over the last 12 months, UNFI's Forward P/E has been as high as 15.89 and as low as 8.09, with a median of 9.73.

We should also highlight that UNFI has a P/B ratio of 1.37. 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 2.17. Over the past year, UNFI's P/B has been as high as 2.03 and as low as 1.22, with a median of 1.45.

Finally, investors will want to recognize that UNFI has a P/CF ratio of 4.76. This figure highlights a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find firms that are undervalued when considering their impressive cash outlook. UNFI's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 17.06. Over the past 52 weeks, UNFI's P/CF has been as high as 7.14 and as low as 4.19, with a median of 5.03.

These are only a few of the key metrics included in United Natural Foods'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, UNFI looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.

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