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RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE:RLJ), which is in the reits business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NYSE over the last few months, increasing to $18.91 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $17.17. 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 RLJ Lodging Trust's current trading price of $17.96 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at RLJ Lodging Trust’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.
Is RLJ Lodging Trust still cheap?
Good news, investors! RLJ Lodging Trust is still a bargain right now. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is $25.92, but it is currently trading at US$17.96 on the share market, meaning that there is still an opportunity to buy now. However, given that RLJ Lodging Trust’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 kind of growth will RLJ Lodging Trust generate?
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. However, with a negative profit growth of -20% expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for RLJ Lodging Trust. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? Although RLJ is currently undervalued, the negative outlook does bring on some uncertainty, which equates to higher risk. Consider whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to RLJ, 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 RLJ for some time, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you dig deeper 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 RLJ Lodging Trust. You can find everything you need to know about RLJ Lodging Trust in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in RLJ Lodging Trust, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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