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At US$12.72, Is It Time To Put Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) On Your Watch List?

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Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR), which is in the reits business, and is based in United States, saw its share price hover around a small range of $11.84 to $12.97 over the last few weeks. But is this actually reflective of the share value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Whitestone REIT’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 Whitestone REIT

Is Whitestone REIT still cheap?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 9.85% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Whitestone REIT today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $11.58, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Whitestone REIT’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 an opportunity to buy later on. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

Can we expect growth from Whitestone REIT?

NYSE:WSR Past and Future Earnings, July 4th 2019

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. Though in the case of Whitestone REIT, it is expected to deliver a highly negative earnings growth in the next few years, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? WSR seems fairly priced right now, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to reduce the risk in your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock optimal 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 an eye on WSR for a while, now may not be the most advantageous 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 WSR 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 Whitestone REIT. You can find everything you need to know about Whitestone REIT in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Whitestone REIT, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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