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Should You Think About Buying PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) Now?

Matthew Smith

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PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM), which is in the consumer durables business, and is based in United States, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NYSE over the last few months. 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. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Let’s examine PulteGroup’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

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Is PulteGroup still cheap?

Good news, investors! PulteGroup is still a bargain right now. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is $50.57, but it is currently trading at US$26.79 on the share market, meaning that there is still an opportunity to buy now. Another thing to keep in mind is that PulteGroup’s share price may be quite stable relative to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. This means that if you believe the current share price should move towards its intrinsic value over time, a low beta could suggest it is not likely to reach that level anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard to fall back down into an attractive buying range again.

What does the future of PulteGroup look like?

NYSE:PHM Future Profit February 5th 19

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. However, with a negative profit growth of -10% expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for PulteGroup. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Although PHM 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 PHM, 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 PHM for a while, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you research further 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 PulteGroup. You can find everything you need to know about PulteGroup in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in PulteGroup, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.