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Why Albertsons Is a Buy: More Meals at Home and the Stock Is Cheap

With Americans eating more meals at home, supermarkets are among the few traditional retailers to thrive, and

Albertsons

Cos., the nation’s fourth-largest grocer, is no exception.

Since the pandemic began in March, the owner of the Safeway and Acme supermarket chains has had sales growth of more than 20% and ample profits. Its stock is a different matter. The company went public in late June at $16 a share, and the stock has since fallen to around $13.

Now is the time to bag these marked-down shares. Albertsons (ticker: ACI) trades at a discount to virtually every company in the grocery business, including dollar stores like

Dollar General

(DG) and the largest food vendor,

Walmart

(WMT).

Albertsons also has an improving outlook and a dynamic CEO in Vivek Sankaran, who joined in 2019 from

PepsiCo

(PEP), where he headed the North American food business.

“We’re undervalued relative to our cash

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