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When Should You Buy Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS)?

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Today we're going to take a look at the well-established Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS). The company's stock led the NYSE gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. 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. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Discover Financial Services’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Discover Financial Services

What is Discover Financial Services worth?

Great news for investors – Discover Financial Services is still trading at a fairly cheap price. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is $123.81, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. What’s more interesting is that, Discover Financial Services’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 Discover Financial Services generate?

NYSE:DFS Past and Future Earnings, April 10th 2019

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. However, with a relatively muted profit growth of 4.0% expected over the next couple of years, growth doesn’t seem like a key driver for a buy decision for Discover Financial Services, at least in the short term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since DFS is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to increase your holdings in the stock. However, there are also other factors such as financial health to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on DFS for a while, now might be the time to make a leap. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy DFS. 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 investment decision.

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

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