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At US$91.67, Is It Time To Put Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS) On Your Watch List?

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Let's talk about the popular Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS). The company's shares received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NASDAQGS over the last few months, increasing to $99.48 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $85.25. 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 Northern Trust's current trading price of $91.67 reflective of the actual value of the large-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Northern Trust’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

View our latest analysis for Northern Trust

What is Northern Trust worth?

According to my valuation model, Northern Trust seems to be fairly priced at around 7.5% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Northern Trust today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $99.12, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Northern Trust’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 kind of growth will Northern Trust generate?

NasdaqGS:NTRS Past and Future Earnings, July 9th 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 Northern Trust, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 4.5%, 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? NTRS’s 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 the stock? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuates below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on NTRS, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook 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 Northern Trust. You can find everything you need to know about Northern Trust in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Northern 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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