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Should You Investigate Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF) At US$54.77?

Shawn Clark

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Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF), which is in the capital markets business, and is based in United States, led the NYSE gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. As a mid-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s take a look at Stifel Financial’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What’s the opportunity in Stifel Financial?

Good news, investors! Stifel Financial is still a bargain right now. 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 Stifel Financial’s ratio of 10.22x is below its peer average of 22.54x, which suggests the stock is undervalued compared to the Capital Markets industry. However, given that Stifel Financial’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What does the future of Stifel Financial look like?

NYSE:SF Past and Future Earnings, February 22nd 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. Stifel Financial’s earnings growth are expected to be in the teens in the upcoming years, indicating a solid future ahead. This should lead to robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Since SF is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to accumulate more of your holdings in the stock. With a positive outlook on the horizon, it seems like this growth has not yet been fully factored into the share price. 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 SF for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its buoyant future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy SF. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, 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 Stifel Financial. You can find everything you need to know about Stifel Financial in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Stifel Financial, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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