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Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ:WIRE), which is in the electrical 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 $61.17 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $49.91. 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 Encore Wire's current trading price of $54.68 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Encore Wire’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.
What is Encore Wire worth?
According to my valuation model, Encore Wire seems to be fairly priced at around 13.59% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Encore Wire today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $48.14, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Encore Wire’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 an opportunity to buy later on. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.
Can we expect growth from Encore Wire?
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 Encore Wire, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -5.7%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? WIRE seems fairly priced right now, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to reduce the risk in your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock beneficial for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on the stock, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on WIRE for a while, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The stock appears to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. In addition to this, the negative growth outlook increases the risk of holding the stock. However, there are also other important factors we haven’t considered today, which can help gel your views on WIRE should the price fluctuate below its true value.
Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Encore Wire. You can find everything you need to know about Encore Wire in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Encore Wire, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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