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

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.

Achieving those goals is made easier with the Zacks Style Scores, a unique set of guidelines that rates stocks based on popular investing methodologies, namely value, growth, and momentum. The Style Scores can help you narrow down which stocks are better for your portfolio and which ones can beat the market over the long-term.

Why Investors Should Pay Attention to This Value Stock

Different than growth or momentum investors, value-focused investors are all about finding good stocks at good prices, and discovering which companies are trading under what their true value is before the broader market catches on. The Value Style Score utilizes ratios like P/E, PEG, Price/Sales, and Price/Cash Flow to help pick out the most attractive and discounted stocks.

Marathon Petroleum (MPC)

Findlay, OH-based Marathon Petroleum Corporation is a leading independent refiner, transporter and marketer of petroleum products. The company, in its current form, came into existence following the 2011 spin-off of Houston, TX-based Marathon Oil Corporation’s refining/sales business into a separate, independent and publicly-traded entity.  In October 2018, Marathon Oil completed the acquisition of its rival Andeavor in a $23.3 billion deal, thereby becoming the nationwide largest refining company by market capitalization. The deal also made the company the largest U.S. refiner and the fifth largest in the world by capacity.

MPC is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock, with a Value Style Score of A and VGM Score of A. Shares are currently trading at a forward P/E of 4.9X for the current fiscal year compared to the Oil and Gas - Refining and Marketing industry's P/E of 5.4X. Additionally, MPC has a PEG Ratio of 0.2 and a Price/Cash Flow ratio of 15.4X. Value investors should also note MPC's Price/Sales ratio of 0.3X.

A company's earnings performance is important for value investors as well. For fiscal 2022, five analysts revised their earnings estimate higher in the last 60 days for MPC, while the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased $3.94 to $25.70 per share. MPC also holds an average earnings surprise of 60.1%.

With strong valuation and earnings metrics, a good Zacks Rank, and top-tier Value and VGM Style Scores, investors should strongly think about adding MPC to their portfolios.

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