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Are You a Value Investor? This 1 Stock Could Be the Perfect Pick

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It doesn't matter your age or experience: taking full advantage of the stock market and investing with confidence are common goals for all investors.

Many investors also have a go-to methodology that helps guide their buy and sell decisions. One way to find winning stocks based on your preferred way of investing is to use the Zacks Style Scores, which are indicators that rate stocks based on three widely-followed investing types: value, growth, and momentum.

Why Investors Should Pay Attention to This Value Stock

Finding good stocks at good prices, and discovering which companies are trading under their true value, are what value investors like to focus on. So, the Value Style Score takes into account ratios like P/E, PEG, Price/Sales, and Price/Cash Flow to highlight the most attractive and discounted stocks.

Valero Energy (VLO)

San Antonio, TX-based Valero Energy Corporation is the largest independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products in the United States. The company was founded in 1980. It has a refining capacity of 3.1 million barrels per day across 15 refineries located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

VLO sits at a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), holds a Value Style Score of B, and has a VGM Score of A. Compared to the Oil and Gas - Refining and Marketing industry's P/E of 8.7X, shares of Valero Energy are trading at a forward P/E of 6.3X. VLO also has a PEG Ratio of 1.1, a Price/Cash Flow ratio of 12.5X, and a Price/Sales ratio of 0.3X.

A company's earnings performance is important for value investors as well. For fiscal 2022, four analysts revised their earnings estimate higher in the last 60 days for VLO, while the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased $4.74 to $17.32 per share. VLO also holds an average earnings surprise of 84.3%.

Investors should take the time to consider VLO for their portfolios due to its solid Zacks Ranks, notable earnings and valuation metrics, and impressive Value and VGM Style Scores.

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