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Should You Think About Buying Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:IRT) Now?

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Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:IRT), which is in the reits business, and is based in United States, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. With many analysts covering the stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Independence Realty Trust’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

View our latest analysis for Independence Realty Trust

What's the opportunity in Independence Realty Trust?

Great news for investors – Independence Realty Trust is still trading at a fairly cheap price. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is $15.2, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. Independence Realty Trust’s share price also seems relatively stable compared to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. If you believe the share price should eventually reach its true value, a low beta could suggest it is unlikely to rapidly do so anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard to fall back down into an attractive buying range.

What kind of growth will Independence Realty Trust generate?

NYSE:IRT Past and Future Earnings, July 25th 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. Though in the case of Independence Realty Trust, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -17%, 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 IRT is currently undervalued, the negative outlook does bring on some uncertainty, which equates to higher risk. I recommend you think about whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to IRT, 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 an eye on IRT for a while, 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 Independence Realty Trust. You can find everything you need to know about Independence Realty Trust in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Independence Realty Trust, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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