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Is Now An Opportune Moment To Examine Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE:CVA)?

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Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE:CVA), which is in the commercial services business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NYSE over the last few months, increasing to $18.13 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $16.35. 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 Covanta Holding's current trading price of $16.86 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 Covanta Holding’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 Covanta Holding

Is Covanta Holding still cheap?

Great news for investors – Covanta Holding is still trading at a fairly cheap price. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is $27.47, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. However, given that Covanta Holding’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.

Can we expect growth from Covanta Holding?

NYSE:CVA Past and Future Earnings, June 3rd 2019

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. Though in the case of Covanta Holding, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting top-line growth of 7.5% in the next few years, 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 CVA is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to increase your holdings in the stock. However, there are also other factors such as capital structure to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on CVA 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 CVA. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the track record of its management team, 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 Covanta Holding. You can find everything you need to know about Covanta Holding in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Covanta Holding, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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