Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE:LPX) Valuation Takes Center Stage

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE:LPX) is the focus stock of the day and here we can take a look at several ratios to determine if it is fairly valued. One of the quickest ways to determine the projected value of a stock is the price to earnings growth, or PEG ratio.

This formula was popularized by Peter Lynch and according to his calculations, a stock which is fairly valued will have a price to earnings ratio equal to its rate of growth. Simply put, a stock with a PEG ratio of 1 would be considered fairly valued.

A stock with a ratio of under 1.0 would be undervalued and a stock with a PEG over 1.0 would be considered over valued. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation currently has a PEG ratio of 1.29.Investing in the stock market has traditionally offered higher returns than other types of investments. With the higher potential for returns, there is also a higher risk factor. Investors typically need to address their own personal risk situation before jumping into the market. Figuring out risk appetite can help when choosing which types of stocks to buy. Some investors will decide that they want to take a chance on certain stocks that have the potential to outperform in the future. Other investors may opt to play it safe and build a portfolio with low risk, staple stocks. 

Most importantly investors want to know where the stock is headed from here. In order to get a sense of Wall Street sentiment, we can look to equity research analyst estimates. On a one to five ratings scale where 1.0 indicates a Strong Buy, 2.0 indicates a Buy, 3.0 a Hold, 4.0 a Sell and 5.0 a Stong Sell. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE:LPX) currently has an average analyst recommendation of 2.20 according to analysts. This is the average number based on the total brokerage firms taken into consideration by Beta Systems Research. The same analysts have a future one-year price target of $30.67 on the shares.

In addition to sell-side rational, we can also take a look at some technical indicators. The stock is currently -6.63% away from its 50-day simple moving average and -20.00% away from the 200 day average. Based on a recent trade, the shares are -31.87% away from the 52-week high and 4.88% from the 52-week low. The RSI (Relative Strength Index), which shows price strength by comparing upward and downward close to close movements.

An RSI approaching 70 is typically deemed to be nearing overbought status and could be ripe for a pullback. Alternatively an RSI nearing 30 indicates that the stock could be getting oversold and might be considered undervalued. The RSI for Louisiana-Pacific Corporation(NYSE:LPX) currently stands at 36.72.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE:LPX) has posted trailing 12 months earnings of $3.39 per share. The company has seen a change of 146.10% earnings per share this year. Analysts are predicting -24.14% for the company next year. The firm is yielding 20.00% return on assets and 29.70% return on equity.

Investors who are new to picking stocks may find themselves tempted to buy shares that have been recently rising the most. Although the traditional advice is to buy low and sell high, novice investors often do just the opposite. Buying a particular stock just because it has been rising recently may end up leaving the investor shaking their head down the road. Expecting that a stock will continue to ride the wave higher can lead to disappointment when momentum suddenly shifts. Studying the fundamentals of a certain company can help the investor gauge if the stock is a worthy buy at current levels.

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