At US$141, Is Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) Worth Looking At Closely?

Let’s talk about the popular Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW). The company’s shares saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. 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. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s examine Illinois Tool Works’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

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What’s the opportunity in Illinois Tool Works?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 8.61% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Illinois Tool Works today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $129.5, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Illinois Tool Works’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 Illinois Tool Works generate?

NYSE:ITW Past and Future Earnings, March 9th 2019
NYSE:ITW Past and Future Earnings, March 9th 2019
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 Illinois Tool Works, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 8.8%, 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? It seems like the market has already priced in ITW’s future outlook, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuates below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on ITW, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

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

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