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Why Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU) Could Be Worth Watching

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Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU), which is in the machinery 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 $26.03 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $22.78. 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 Actuant's current trading price of $24.11 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Actuant’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

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What is Actuant worth?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 2.77% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Actuant today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $23.46, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Actuant’s share price is quite volatile, we could potentially see it sink lower (or rise higher) in the future, giving us another chance to buy. 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 Actuant generate?

NYSE:ATU Past and Future Earnings, May 21st 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. Though in the case of Actuant, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting top-line growth of 6.5% in the next few years, 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? It seems like the market has already priced in ATU’s future outlook, 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 ATU, 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 diving deeper into 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 Actuant. You can find everything you need to know about Actuant in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Actuant, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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