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Is Now An Opportune Moment To Examine Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC)?

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Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. As a large-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Norfolk Southern’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

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Is Norfolk Southern still cheap?

According to my valuation model, the stock is currently overvalued by about 42.57%, trading at US$197 compared to my intrinsic value of $138.31. Not the best news for investors looking to buy! But, is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Norfolk Southern’s share price is quite volatile, this could mean it can sink lower (or rise even further) in the future, giving us another chance to invest. 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 kind of growth will Norfolk Southern generate?

NYSE:NSC Past and Future Earnings, June 24th 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. With profit expected to grow by a double-digit 17% over the next couple of years, the outlook is positive for Norfolk Southern. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has well and truly priced in NSC’s positive outlook, with shares trading above its fair value. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe NSC should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. But before you make this decision, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on NSC for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its true value, which means there’s no upside from mispricing. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for NSC, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors 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 Norfolk Southern. You can find everything you need to know about Norfolk Southern in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Norfolk Southern, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.