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Is It Too Late To Buy DST Systems Inc (NYSE:DST)?

Andrew Carroll

DST Systems Inc (NYSE:DST), a it company based in United States, had a relatively subdued couple of weeks in terms of changes in share price, which continued to float around the range of $82.75 to $84. However, is this the true valuation level of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at DST Systems’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change. View our latest analysis for DST Systems

Is DST Systems still cheap?

Good news, investors! DST Systems is still a bargain right now. In this instance, I’ve used the price-to-equity (PE) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows. I find that DST Systems’s ratio of 11.49x is below its peer average of 23.74x, which suggests the stock is undervalued compared to the IT industry. However, given that DST Systems’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What does the future of DST Systems look like?

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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. 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 an extremely negative double-digit change in profit expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth is certainly not a driver of a buy decision. It seems like high uncertainty is on the cards for DST Systems, at least in the near future.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Although DST 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 DST, 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 tabs on DST for some time, 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 DST Systems. You can find everything you need to know about DST Systems in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in DST Systems, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.


To help readers see pass 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.