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When Should You Buy ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCB)?

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ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCB), which is in the transportation business, and is based in United States, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NASDAQGS over the last few months. As a stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Today I will analyse the most recent data on ArcBest’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

See our latest analysis for ArcBest

Is ArcBest still cheap?

Good news, investors! ArcBest is still a bargain right now. 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 9.11x is currently well-below the industry average of 17.67x, meaning that it is trading at a cheaper price relative to its peers. However, given that ArcBest’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What kind of growth will ArcBest generate?

NasdaqGS:ARCB Past and Future Earnings, October 21st 2019

Future outlook is an important aspect when you’re looking at buying a stock, especially if you are an investor looking for growth in your portfolio. Although value investors would argue that it’s the intrinsic value relative to the price that matter the most, a more compelling investment thesis would be high growth potential at a cheap price. Though in the case of ArcBest, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -4.2%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Although ARCB is currently undervalued, the adverse prospect of negative growth brings about some degree of risk. I recommend you think about whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to ARCB, or whether diversifying into another stock may be a better move for your total risk and return.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on ARCB for a while, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you dig deeper into the stock. Given its current undervaluation, now is a great time to make a decision. But keep in mind the risks that come with negative growth prospects in the future.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on ArcBest. You can find everything you need to know about ArcBest in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in ArcBest, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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