When Should You Buy Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP)?

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Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP) received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the NYSE over the last few months. 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? Let’s take a look at Ameriprise Financial’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Ameriprise Financial

Is Ameriprise Financial still cheap?

Good news, investors! Ameriprise Financial is still a bargain right now. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 11.32x is currently well-below the industry average of 36.27x, meaning that it is trading at a cheaper price relative to its peers. However, given that Ameriprise Financial’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 kind of growth will Ameriprise Financial generate?

NYSE:AMP Past and Future Earnings, June 13th 2019
NYSE:AMP Past and Future Earnings, June 13th 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. Though in the case of Ameriprise Financial, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 6.2%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for Ameriprise Financial, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since AMP is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to increase 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 AMP for a while, now might be the time to make a leap. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy AMP. 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.

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

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