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Find out how to select the best stock valuation method

An stock exchange can be a very exciting place. It can help you build a solid corpus and achieve your financial goals. The key to success in this market is how you choose your stocks. You should do your research before investing in stocks. Before you invest your hard-earned cash in a stock, it is important to analyze all factors. This goal can be achieved by being familiar with stock valuation and how to select the best stock valuation methods. Thats all you need to know.

Stock Value - Definition and Meaning

Stock evaluation refers to the process of determining the theoretical or intrinsic value of stock trading on an exchange. Valuing stocks is important because it doesn't depend on the current stock price. Knowing the stock's intrinsic value will help you determine if it is undervalued or overvalued at its current market price. Let's now learn about the different types of stock valuation and which stock valuation method to use.

Stock Valuation is mainly divided into two types,

1. Absolute stock valuation

This trust examines the company's financial information, including statements and financial condition. There are many absolute stock valuation methods that focus on aspects such as the company's cash flow, growth rates, dividends, and so forth.

2. Relative stock value

This stock valuation method compares potential investments with other companies from the same sector. The relative valuation method uses the same financial ratios to calculate companies from the same industry as the same ratios to determine target companies.

The best ways to value stock

There are three main methods for stock valuation:

1. Dividend Discount Model

The dividend discount model, or DDM, is a technique used to determine absolute stock value. This model assumes that the dividends of a company are its cash flow to shareholders. This model says that the intrinsic value a company's stock price equals its future dividends. However, this model is only applicable to companies that pay regular and stable dividends.

2. The Discounted cash Flow Model

Absolute stock evaluation can also be done using the discounted cash flow model (DCF). This is where a stock's intrinsic price is determined by reducing a company's cash flows to its present value. Because it doesn't make assumptions about dividend distribution, the DCF is considered one of the best methods to value stocks. This model is ideal for companies that have unpredictable dividend distribution.

3. Comparable Companies Analysis

The Comparable Companies Analysis (or CCA) stock valuation method is an example of relative stock pricing. It aims to determine the theoretical price of a stock, rather than determining its intrinsic value using the company's basic information. This method compares the prices of similar companies. This method of stock valuation uses common multiples such as price-to–book (P/B), value-to–EBITDA (EV/EBITDA) and price-to–earnings. The CCA method is the most straightforward, however, it can be difficult to compare companies.


You now know how to select the best stock valuation methods. Make sure you don't rush into making your investments. You should choose the model that suits your investment goals, and then invest accordingly. 

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