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At US$73.05, Is It Time To Put Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) On Your Watch List?

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Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB), which is in the chemicals 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? Let’s examine Albemarle’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

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What's the opportunity in Albemarle?

Great news for investors – Albemarle is still trading at a fairly cheap price. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 11.26x is currently well-below the industry average of 18.76x, meaning that it is trading at a cheaper price relative to its peers. What’s more interesting is that, Albemarle’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.

What kind of growth will Albemarle generate?

NYSE:ALB Past and Future Earnings, July 17th 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. Though in the case of Albemarle, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 8.5%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for the company, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since ALB is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to increase your holdings in the stock. However, there are also other factors such as capital structure to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on ALB for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy ALB. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to make a well-informed investment decision.

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

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