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Is It Time To Consider Buying PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR)?

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Let's talk about the popular PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR). The company's shares received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NASDAQGS over the last few months, increasing to US$72.57 at one point, and dropping to the lows of US$62.53. 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 PACCAR's current trading price of US$67.84 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 PACCAR’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

Check out our latest analysis for PACCAR

Is PACCAR still cheap?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 17% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy PACCAR today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $81.79, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since PACCAR’s share price is quite volatile, we could potentially see it sink lower (or rise higher) in the future, giving us another chance to buy. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.

Can we expect growth from PACCAR?

NasdaqGS:PCAR Past and Future Earnings, October 8th 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 negative profit growth of -11% expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for PACCAR. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Currently, PCAR appears to be trading around its fair value, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to de-risk your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock beneficial for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on the stock, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on PCAR for a while, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The stock appears to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. Furthermore, the negative growth outlook increases the risk of holding the stock. However, there are also other important factors we haven’t considered today, which can help gel your views on PCAR should the price fluctuate below its true value.

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

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