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When Should You Buy First Community Corporation (NASDAQ:FCCO)?

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First Community Corporation (NASDAQ:FCCO), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw significant share price movement during recent months on the NASDAQCM, rising to highs of $19.99 and falling to the lows of $17.45. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether First Community's current trading price of $18.47 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at First Community’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

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What is First Community worth?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 8.58% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy First Community today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $17.01, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. What's more, First Community’s share price may be more stable over time (relative to the market), as indicated by its low beta.

Can we expect growth from First Community?

NasdaqCM:FCCO Past and Future Earnings, July 3rd 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. However, with a relatively muted profit growth of 1.5% expected over the next year, growth doesn’t seem like a key driver for a buy decision for First Community, at least in the short term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? FCCO’s future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on FCCO, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

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

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