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What Does CSS Industries Inc’s (NYSE:CSS) Share Price Indicate?

Sean Barnes

CSS Industries Inc (NYSE:CSS), a consumer durables company based in United States, saw significant share price volatility over the past couple of months on the NYSE, rising to the highs of $30.13 and falling to the lows of $26.54. This high level of volatility gives investors the opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at an artificially low price. A question to answer is whether CSS Industries’s current trading price of $27.79 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 CSS Industries’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 CSS Industries

Is CSS Industries still cheap?

The stock is currently trading at $27.79 on the share market, which means it is overvalued by 20% compared to my intrinsic value of $23.15. This means that the buying opportunity has probably disappeared for now. If you like the stock, you may want to keep an eye out for a potential price decline in the future. Since CSS Industries’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 CSS Industries?

NYSE:CSS Future Profit Dec 21st 17

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 an extremely negative double-digit change in profit expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth is certainly not a driver of a buy decision. It seems like high uncertainty is on the cards for CSS Industries, at least in the near future.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? If you believe CSS Industries is currently trading above its value, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. Given the risk from a negative growth outlook, this could be the right time to reduce your total portfolio risk. 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 tabs on CSS Industries for some time, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. Price climbed passed its true value, in addition to a risky future outlook. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Should the price fall in the future, will you be well-informed enough to buy?

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on CSS Industries. You can find everything you need to know about CSS Industries in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in CSS Industries, 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.