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Why Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ) Could Be Worth Watching

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Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ), which is in the capital markets business, and is based in Bermuda, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. 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. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s examine Lazard’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

Check out our latest analysis for Lazard

What is Lazard worth?

Great news for investors – Lazard is still trading at a fairly cheap price. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is $63.44, 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, Lazard’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 Lazard generate?

NYSE:LAZ Past and Future Earnings, October 24th 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 Lazard, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -0.2%, 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 LAZ is currently undervalued, the adverse prospect of negative growth brings about some degree of risk. Consider whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to LAZ, 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 LAZ for a while, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you dig deeper 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 Lazard. You can find everything you need to know about Lazard in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Lazard, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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