3 Overvalued Stocks that have Made Great Gains

THE VALUE INVESTOR: These three stocks are trading at significantly more than their fair value according to Morningstar analysts. Is it time to trim profits?

Emma Wall 19 October, 2015 | 11:30AM
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The perfectly timed investment is bought low and sold high. It is also a near impossibility to execute. Even the professionals struggle to build the nerve to buy an unpopular asset and give up a stock which has made great gains.

But contrarian investing requires bravery – you have to be prepared to crystallise gains and risk missing out on a bit of upside. With that in mind, knowing a share’s fair value estimate can be, well, invaluable.

Morningstar equity analysts determine a stock’s “fair value” using discounted cash-flow which serves as the foundation for the Morningstar Rating for stocks. The current stock price relative to Morningstar’s Fair Value Estimate, adjusted for uncertainty, determines the Morningstar Rating for stocks. The Morningstar Rating for stocks is updated each evening after the market closes – one star means a stock is trading a level considerably higher than the fair value, three stars is on par, and five stars means it is significantly undervalued.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC6,488.00 GBX-0.03Rating
United Utilities Group PLC1,021.50 GBX1.14Rating

About Author

Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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