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Why Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS) Could Be Worth Watching

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Today we're going to take a look at the well-established Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS). The company's stock received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NASDAQGS over the last few months, increasing to US$76.35 at one point, and dropping to the lows of US$65.16. 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 Cadence Design Systems's current trading price of US$65.29 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 Cadence Design Systems’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

Check out our latest analysis for Cadence Design Systems

What's the opportunity in Cadence Design Systems?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock seems to be currently fairly priced. 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 41.96x is currently trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 45.21x, which means if you buy Cadence Design Systems today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe that Cadence Design Systems 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 Cadence Design Systems’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 Cadence Design Systems generate?

NasdaqGS:CDNS Past and Future Earnings, October 2nd 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 20% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Cadence Design Systems. 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? CDNS’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 track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at CDNS? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

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

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