Let's talk about the popular Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX). The company's shares received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the NASDAQGS 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. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Lam Research’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.
Is Lam Research Still Cheap?
Good news, investors! Lam Research is still a bargain right now. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is $703.44, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. However, given that Lam Research’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.
Can we expect growth from Lam Research?
Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Although value investors would argue that it’s the intrinsic value relative to the price that matter the most, a more compelling investment thesis would be high growth potential at a cheap price. Though in the case of Lam Research, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 0.6%, 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 LRCX 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 capital structure to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on LRCX for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy LRCX. 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.
Keep in mind, when it comes to analysing a stock it's worth noting the risks involved. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Lam Research (including 1 which is concerning).
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