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Is It Time To Consider Buying Legal & General Group Plc (LON:LGEN)?

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Let's talk about the popular Legal & General Group Plc (LON:LGEN). The company's shares saw significant share price movement during recent months on the LSE, rising to highs of £2.91 and falling to the lows of £2.55. 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 Legal & General Group's current trading price of £2.66 reflective of the actual value of the large-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Legal & General Group’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 Legal & General Group

What's the opportunity in Legal & General Group?

Great news for investors – Legal & General Group is still trading at a fairly cheap price. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is £5.3, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. What’s more interesting is that, Legal & General Group’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 Legal & General Group generate?

LSE:LGEN Past and Future Earnings, June 21st 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 Legal & General Group, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 8.6%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for the company, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since LGEN 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 LGEN for a while, now might be the time to make a leap. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy LGEN. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, 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 Legal & General Group. You can find everything you need to know about Legal & General Group in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Legal & General 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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