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When Should You Buy Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE:SSTK)?

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Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE:SSTK), which is in the online retail business, and is based in United States, saw significant share price movement during recent months on the NYSE, rising to highs of $40.5 and falling to the lows of $34.06. 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 Shutterstock's current trading price of $34.9 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 Shutterstock’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

View our latest analysis for Shutterstock

What's the opportunity in Shutterstock?

Shutterstock appears to be overvalued according to my relative valuation model. In this instance, I’ve used the price-to-earnings (PE) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows. I find that Shutterstock’s ratio of 36.92x is above its peer average of 30.11x, which suggests the stock is overvalued compared to the Online Retail industry. But, is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Shutterstock’s share price is quite volatile, this could mean it can sink lower (or rise even further) in the future, giving us another chance to invest. 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.

Can we expect growth from Shutterstock?

NYSE:SSTK Past and Future Earnings, August 26th 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. With profit expected to grow by 28% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Shutterstock. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? SSTK’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. At this current price, shareholders may be asking a different question – should I sell? If you believe SSTK 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 SSTK for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its industry peers, which means it is likely that there is no more upside from mispricing. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for SSTK, 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 Shutterstock. You can find everything you need to know about Shutterstock in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Shutterstock, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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