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Why NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTES) Could Be Worth Watching

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NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTES) saw a significant share price rise of over 20% in the past couple of months on the NASDAQGS. As a large-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on NetEase’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

View our latest analysis for NetEase

What is NetEase worth?

Great news for investors – NetEase is still trading at a fairly cheap price. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is $415.10, but it is currently trading at US$314 on the share market, meaning that there is still an opportunity to buy now. What’s more interesting is that, NetEase’s share price is theoretically quite stable, which could mean two things: firstly, it may take the share price a while to move to its intrinsic value, and secondly, there may be less chances to buy low in the future once it reaches that value. This is because the stock is less volatile than the wider market given its low beta.

Can we expect growth from NetEase?

NasdaqGS:NTES Past and Future Earnings, December 6th 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. However, with a negative profit growth of -16% expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for NetEase. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Although NTES is currently undervalued, the negative outlook does bring on some uncertainty, which equates to higher risk. Consider whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to NTES, 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 NTES 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 NetEase. You can find everything you need to know about NetEase in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in NetEase, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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