Should You Think About Buying Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH) Now?

Let’s talk about the popular Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH). The company’s shares received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NYSE over the last few months, increasing to $48.26 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $41.74. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether Cardinal Health’s current trading price of $43.3 reflective of the actual value of the large-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Cardinal Health’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

Check out our latest analysis for Cardinal Health

What is Cardinal Health worth?

Good news, investors! Cardinal Health is still a bargain right now. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is $66.96, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. However, given that Cardinal Health’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.

What does the future of Cardinal Health look like?

NYSE:CAH Past and Future Earnings, September 4th 2019
NYSE:CAH Past and Future Earnings, September 4th 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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 an extremely negative double-digit change in profit expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth is certainly not a driver of a buy decision. It seems like high uncertainty is on the cards for Cardinal Health, at least in the near future.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Although CAH 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 CAH, 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 CAH 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 Cardinal Health. You can find everything you need to know about Cardinal Health in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Cardinal Health, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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