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At US$37.50, Is Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) Worth Looking At Closely?

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Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NASDAQGS. With many analysts covering the mid-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Cathay General Bancorp’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

See our latest analysis for Cathay General Bancorp

Is Cathay General Bancorp still cheap?

Good news, investors! Cathay General Bancorp is still a bargain right now. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is $70.83, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. What’s more interesting is that, Cathay General Bancorp’s share price is quite volatile, which gives us more chances to buy since the share price could sink lower (or rise higher) in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.

Can we expect growth from Cathay General Bancorp?

NasdaqGS:CATY Past and Future Earnings, December 9th 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 Cathay General Bancorp, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -2.9%, 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? Although CATY 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 CATY, 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 an eye on CATY for a while, 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 Cathay General Bancorp. You can find everything you need to know about Cathay General Bancorp in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Cathay General Bancorp, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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