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Have Investors Priced In Fulton Financial Corporation’s (NASDAQ:FULT) Growth?

Veer Mallick

Fulton Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:FULT), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NasdaqGS over the last few months. 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. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Fulton 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 Fulton Financial?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock seems to be currently fairly priced. In this instance, I’ve used the price-to-equity (PE) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows. I find that Fulton Financial’s ratio of 19.04x is trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 17.9x, which means if you buy Fulton Financial today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe Fulton Financial should be trading in this range, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Fulton Financial’s beta (a measure of share price volatility) is high, meaning its price movements will be exaggerated relative to the rest of the market. If the market is bearish, the company’s shares will likely fall by more than the rest of the market, providing a prime buying opportunity.

What does the future of Fulton Financial 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. 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. Fulton Financial’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 48.3%, 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? It seems like the market has already priced in FULT’s positive outlook, 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 FULT? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuate below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on FULT, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for FULT, which 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 Fulton Financial. You can find everything you need to know about Fulton Financial in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Fulton Financial, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

To help readers see past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.