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Why National Bank of Canada (TSE:NA) Could Be Worth Watching

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National Bank of Canada (TSE:NA) saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the TSX over the last few months. With many analysts covering the large-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Let’s take a look at National Bank of Canada’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

View our latest analysis for National Bank of Canada

What is National Bank of Canada worth?

Great news for investors – National Bank of Canada is still trading at a fairly cheap price. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is CA$92.37, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. Although, there may be another chance to buy again in the future. This is because National Bank of Canada’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 National Bank of Canada generate?

TSX:NA Past and Future Earnings, December 4th 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 National Bank of Canada, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 7.6%, 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 NA is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to accumulate more of your holdings in the stock. However, there are also other factors such as financial health to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on NA for a while, now might be the time to make a leap. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy NA. 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 buy.

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

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