Why Dow stock IBM looks undervalued into earnings

IBM is set to report earnings next week, and one market watcher sees the stock as a value play at current levels.

The company is scheduled to announce quarterly results Thursday after the market closes, and Mark Tepper of Strategic Wealth Partners likes the stock, off to a strong start to the year, ahead of its report. Here are his reasons why.

• The stock is undervalued relative to its peers, with a forward price-earnings ratio of 11.8, according to FactSet data.

• The company is strong in the cloud, mobile, security and analytics spaces.

• IBM is expanding its footprint in the growing blockchain market.

The stock fell nearly 8 percent last year and the company has seen 22 straight quarters of declining revenue. Still, after its last earnings report in October, the stock surged 9 percent.

Bottom line: Tepper sees IBM as a value at these levels, ahead of the company's earnings report next week.

Disclosure: Neither Mark Tepper nor his firm owns IBM.

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