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Is Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR) Potentially Undervalued?

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Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR), which is in the chemicals business, and is based in United States, saw significant share price movement during recent months on the NYSE, rising to highs of $223.82 and falling to the lows of $180.86. 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 Quaker Chemical's current trading price of $190.43 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Quaker Chemical’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

See our latest analysis for Quaker Chemical

What's the opportunity in Quaker Chemical?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock is currently overvalued. In this instance, I’ve used the price-to-earnings (PE) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows. I find that Quaker Chemical’s ratio of 41.9x is above its peer average of 17.32x, which suggests the stock is overvalued compared to the Chemicals industry. But, is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Given that Quaker Chemical’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 another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What does the future of Quaker Chemical look like?

NYSE:KWR Past and Future Earnings, June 10th 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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. With profit expected to grow by 75% over the next year, the near-term future seems bright for Quaker Chemical. 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? KWR’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. At this current price, shareholders may be asking a different question – should I sell? If you believe KWR 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 KWR for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its industry peers, which means it is likely that there is no more upside from mispricing. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for KWR, 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 Quaker Chemical. You can find everything you need to know about Quaker Chemical in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Quaker Chemical, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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