Should You Think About Buying Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) Now?

Let’s talk about the popular Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A). The company’s shares saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NYSE 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, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s examine Agilent Technologies’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

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Is Agilent Technologies still cheap?

According to my valuation model, Agilent Technologies seems to be fairly priced at around 16.73% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Agilent Technologies today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $63.28, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Agilent Technologies’s share price is quite volatile, we could potentially see it sink lower (or rise higher) in the future, giving us another chance to buy. 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 Agilent Technologies generate?

NYSE:A Past and Future Earnings, October 4th 2019
NYSE:A Past and Future Earnings, October 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. However, with a negative profit growth of -3.8% expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for Agilent Technologies. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Currently, A appears to be trading around its fair value, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to de-risk your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock optimal for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on the stock, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on A for a while, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The price seems to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. In addition to this, the negative growth outlook increases the risk of holding the stock. However, there are also other important factors we haven’t considered today, which can help crystalize your views on A should the price fluctuate below its true value.

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

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