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Is Now The Time To Look At Buying Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:ABG)?

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Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:ABG), which is in the specialty retail business, and is based in United States, saw a significant share price rise of over 20% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. As a stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Asbury Automotive Group’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What's the opportunity in Asbury Automotive Group?

Good news, investors! Asbury Automotive Group is still a bargain right now. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is $133.15, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. Although, there may be another chance to buy again in the future. This is because Asbury Automotive Group’s beta (a measure of share price volatility) is high, meaning its price movements will be exaggerated relative to the rest of the market. If the market is bearish, the company's shares will likely fall by more than the rest of the market, providing a prime buying opportunity.

Can we expect growth from Asbury Automotive Group?

NYSE:ABG Past and Future Earnings, September 2nd 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. Though in the case of Asbury Automotive Group, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -0.9%, 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? Although ABG is currently undervalued, the adverse prospect of negative growth brings about some degree of risk. I recommend you think about whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to ABG, or whether diversifying into another stock may be a better move for your total risk and return.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on ABG for some time, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you dig deeper into the stock. Given its current undervaluation, now is a great time to make a decision. But keep in mind the risks that come with negative growth prospects in the future.

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

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