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Should You Think About Buying HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) Now?

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Let’s talk about the popular HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA). The company’s shares saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NYSE over the last few months. 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 HCA Healthcare’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

Check out our latest analysis for HCA Healthcare

What is HCA Healthcare worth?

Good news, investors! HCA Healthcare is still a bargain right now. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is $178.09, but it is currently trading at US$135 on the share market, meaning that there is still an opportunity to buy now. What’s more interesting is that, HCA Healthcare’s share price is theoretically quite stable, which could mean two things: firstly, it may take the share price a while to move to its intrinsic value, and secondly, there may be less chances to buy low in the future once it reaches that value. This is because the stock is less volatile than the wider market given its low beta.

What kind of growth will HCA Healthcare generate?

NYSE:HCA Past and Future Earnings, March 6th 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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. However, with a relatively muted profit growth of 9.4% expected over the next couple of years, growth doesn’t seem like a key driver for a buy decision for HCA Healthcare, at least in the short term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since HCA is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to accumulate more of your holdings in the stock. However, there are also other factors such as financial health to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on HCA for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy HCA. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the track record of its management team, in order to make a well-informed investment decision.

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

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