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Is Now An Opportune Moment To Examine Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC)?

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Today we're going to take a look at the well-established Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). 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? Let’s examine Genuine Parts’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

View our latest analysis for Genuine Parts

What is Genuine Parts worth?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 3.0% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Genuine Parts today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $108.52, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. In addition to this, Genuine Parts has a low beta, which suggests its share price is less volatile than the wider market.

What does the future of Genuine Parts look like?

NYSE:GPC Past and Future Earnings, December 1st 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. 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. Genuine Parts’s earnings growth are expected to be in the teens in the upcoming years, indicating a solid future ahead. This should lead to 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 GPC’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 confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on GPC, 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 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.

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

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