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Is Now An Opportune Moment To Examine Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL)?

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Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. As a mid-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Western Alliance Bancorporation’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What's the opportunity in Western Alliance Bancorporation?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock seems to be currently fairly priced. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 9.97x is currently trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 12.66x, which means if you buy Western Alliance Bancorporation today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe Western Alliance Bancorporation should be trading in this range, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond where it’s currently trading. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Western Alliance Bancorporation’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.

What kind of growth will Western Alliance Bancorporation generate?

NYSE:WAL Past and Future Earnings, June 18th 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. Western Alliance Bancorporation’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 WAL’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 WAL? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuate below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on WAL, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for WAL, 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 Western Alliance Bancorporation. You can find everything you need to know about Western Alliance Bancorporation in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Western Alliance Bancorporation, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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