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Is Minerals Technologies (MTX) Stock Undervalued Right Now?

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Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Nevertheless, we are always paying attention to the latest value, growth, and momentum trends to underscore strong picks.

Of these, value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. Value investors rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.

On top of the Zacks Rank, investors can also look at our innovative Style Scores system to find stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will want to focus on the "Value" category. Stocks with high Zacks Ranks and "A" grades for Value will be some of the highest-quality value stocks on the market today.

One company value investors might notice is Minerals Technologies (MTX - Free Report) . MTX is currently holding a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) and a Value grade of A. The stock holds a P/E ratio of 11.47, while its industry has an average P/E of 16.22. MTX's Forward P/E has been as high as 12.34 and as low as 8.32, with a median of 10.65, all within the past year.

Value investors also love the P/S ratio, which is calculated by simply dividing a stock's price with the company's sales. This is a prefered metric because revenue can't really be manipulated, so sales are often a truer performance indicator. MTX has a P/S ratio of 1.04. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.38.

Finally, investors will want to recognize that MTX has a P/CF ratio of 9.26. This data point considers a firm's operating cash flow and is frequently used to find companies that are undervalued when considering their solid cash outlook. MTX's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 16.30. Within the past 12 months, MTX's P/CF has been as high as 9.29 and as low as 6.15, with a median of 8.02.

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

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