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Is It Too Late To Consider Buying Carter's, Inc. (NYSE:CRI)?

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Carter's, Inc. (NYSE:CRI), which is in the luxury 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. 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, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Carter's’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What's the opportunity in Carter's?

According to my valuation model, Carter's seems to be fairly priced at around 19% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Carter's today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $116.99, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. What's more, Carter's’s share price may be more stable over time (relative to the market), as indicated by its low beta.

What kind of growth will Carter's generate?

NYSE:CRI Past and Future Earnings, June 27th 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. Carter's’s earnings growth are expected to be in the teens in the upcoming years, indicating a solid future ahead. This should lead to robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has already priced in CRI’s positive outlook, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuates below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on CRI, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for the company, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

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

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