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What Is LPL Financial Holdings Inc.'s (NASDAQ:LPLA) Share Price Doing?

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LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LPLA), which is in the capital markets business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NASDAQGS over the last few months, increasing to US$87.40 at one point, and dropping to the lows of US$70.66. 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 LPL Financial Holdings's current trading price of US$77.45 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at LPL Financial Holdings’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 LPL Financial Holdings

What is LPL Financial Holdings worth?

Great news for investors – LPL Financial Holdings is still trading at a fairly cheap price. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is $129.36, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. Although, there may be another chance to buy again in the future. This is because LPL Financial Holdings’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 LPL Financial Holdings look like?

NasdaqGS:LPLA Past and Future Earnings, October 14th 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. Though in the case of LPL Financial Holdings, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 6.4%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for the company, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since LPLA is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to increase your holdings in the stock. 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 LPLA for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy LPLA. 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 buy.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on LPL Financial Holdings. You can find everything you need to know about LPL Financial Holdings in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in LPL Financial Holdings, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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