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Should You Buy Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) At $302.72?

Kevin Zeng

Today we’re going to take a look at the well-established Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC). The company’s stock saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NYSE over the last few months. With many analysts covering the large-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s take a look at NOC’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists. See our latest analysis for NOC

Is NOC still cheap?

The stock is currently trading at $302.72 on the share market, which means it is overvalued by 26% compared to my intrinsic value of $240.74. Not the best news for investors looking to buy! In addition to this, it seems like NOC’s share price is quite stable, which could mean two things: firstly, it may take the share price a while to fall back down to an attractive buying range, and secondly, there may be less chances to buy low in the future once it reaches that value. This is because NOC’s stock is less volatile than the wider market given its low beta.

What does the future of NOC look like?

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Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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. NOC’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 26.76%, indicating a highly optimistic future ahead. This should lead to more robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? NOC’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe NOC should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. But before you make this decision, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on NOC for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its true value, which means there’s no upside from mispricing. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for NOC, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors 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 Northrop Grumman. You can find everything you need to know about NOC in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Northrop Grumman, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.