Today we're going to take a look at the well-established Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP). The company's stock saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. As a large-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Ameriprise Financial’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.
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Is Ameriprise Financial still cheap?
Great news for investors – Ameriprise Financial is still trading at a fairly cheap price. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 10.49x is currently well-below the industry average of 32x, meaning that it is trading at a cheaper price relative to its peers. What’s more interesting is that, Ameriprise Financial’s share price is quite volatile, which gives us more chances to buy since the share price could sink lower (or rise higher) in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.
What kind of growth will Ameriprise Financial generate?
Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Buying a great company with a robust outlook at a cheap price is always a good investment, so let’s also take a look at the company's future expectations. Though in the case of Ameriprise Financial, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 5.1%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for Ameriprise Financial, at least in the near term.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since AMP is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to accumulate more of your holdings in the stock. However, there are also other factors such as capital structure to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on AMP for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy AMP. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the track record of its management team, in order to make a well-informed buy.
Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Ameriprise Financial. You can find everything you need to know about Ameriprise Financial in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Ameriprise Financial, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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