Today we're going to take a look at the well-established Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN). The company's stock saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. With many analysts covering the large-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Eaton’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.
Is Eaton Still Cheap?
According to my valuation model, Eaton seems to be fairly priced at around 11.58% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Eaton today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $133.28, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Eaton’s share price is quite volatile, we could potentially see it sink lower (or rise higher) in the future, giving us another chance to buy. 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.
What does the future of Eaton look like?
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. Eaton's earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 33%, 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 ETN’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 the stock? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuates below the true value?
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on ETN, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for the company, 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.
If you want to dive deeper into Eaton, you'd also look into what risks it is currently facing. When we did our research, we found 4 warning signs for Eaton (1 is significant!) that we believe deserve your full attention.
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