Should You Think About Buying The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) Now?

Today we’re going to take a look at the well-established The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS). The company’s stock saw a significant share price rise of over 20% 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. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Goldman Sachs Group’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Goldman Sachs Group

What’s the opportunity in Goldman Sachs Group?

According to my valuation model, Goldman Sachs Group seems to be fairly priced at around 17.75% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Goldman Sachs Group today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $166.43, 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 Goldman Sachs Group’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.

Can we expect growth from Goldman Sachs Group?

NYSE:GS Past and Future Earnings, March 12th 2019
NYSE:GS Past and Future Earnings, March 12th 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 Goldman Sachs Group, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -4.2%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Currently, GS 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 reduce the risk in your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock beneficial 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 GS for a while, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The stock appears to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. Furthermore, 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 gel your views on GS 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 Goldman Sachs Group. You can find everything you need to know about Goldman Sachs Group in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Goldman Sachs Group, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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