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At US$288, Is Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) Worth Looking At Closely?

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Let's talk about the popular Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU). The company's shares received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the NASDAQGS over the last few months. As a large-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Intuit’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Intuit

What is Intuit worth?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock seems to be currently fairly priced. In this instance, I’ve used the price-to-earnings (PE) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows. I find that Intuit’s ratio of 48.15x is trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 50.49x, which means if you buy Intuit today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe that Intuit should be trading at this level in the long run, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Intuit’s beta (a measure of share price volatility) is high, meaning its price movements will be exaggerated relative to the rest of the market. If the market is bearish, the company’s shares will likely fall by more than the rest of the market, providing a prime buying opportunity.

What does the future of Intuit look like?

NasdaqGS:INTU Past and Future Earnings, September 1st 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. 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. With profit expected to grow by 41% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Intuit. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? INTU’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at INTU? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuate below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on INTU, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for INTU, which means it’s worth further examining 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 Intuit. You can find everything you need to know about Intuit in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Intuit, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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