At US$119, Is It Time To Put International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) On Your Watch List?

Let’s talk about the popular International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM). The company’s shares received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NYSE over the last few months, increasing to $153.75 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $115.4. This high level of volatility gives investors the opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at an artificially low price. A question to answer is whether International Business Machines’s current trading price of $119.34 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 International Business Machines’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

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Is International Business Machines still cheap?

According to my valuation model, International Business Machines seems to be fairly priced at around 2.7% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy International Business Machines today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $122.68, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that International Business Machines’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 an opportunity to buy later on. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What does the future of International Business Machines look like?

NYSE:IBM Future Profit December 10th 18
NYSE:IBM Future Profit December 10th 18
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. International Business Machines’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 89%, indicating a highly optimistic future ahead. This should lead to more robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has already priced in IBM’s positive 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 confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on IBM, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for the company, which 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 International Business Machines. You can find everything you need to know about International Business Machines in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in International Business Machines, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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