Should You Be Concerned About Dycom Industries, Inc.’s (NYSE:DY) Historical Volatility?

If you’re interested in Dycom Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DY), then you might want to consider its beta (a measure of share price volatility) in order to understand how the stock could impact your portfolio. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. The first category is company specific volatility. This can be dealt with by limiting your exposure to any particular stock. The other type, which cannot be diversified away, is the volatility of the entire market. Every stock in the market is exposed to this volatility, which is linked to the fact that stocks prices are correlated in an efficient market.

Some stocks are more sensitive to general market forces than others. Beta can be a useful tool to understand how much a stock is influenced by market risk (volatility). However, Warren Buffett said ‘volatility is far from synonymous with risk’ in his 2014 letter to investors. So, while useful, beta is not the only metric to consider. To use beta as an investor, you must first understand that the overall market has a beta of one. A stock with a beta greater than one is more sensitive to broader market movements than a stock with a beta of less than one.

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What DY’s beta value tells investors

Given that it has a beta of 1.34, we can surmise that the Dycom Industries share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that Dycom Industries shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Share price volatility is well worth considering, but most long term investors consider the history of revenue and earnings growth to be more important. Take a look at how Dycom Industries fares in that regard, below.

NYSE:DY Income Statement, July 29th 2019
NYSE:DY Income Statement, July 29th 2019

Could DY’s size cause it to be more volatile?

With a market capitalisation of US$1.8b, Dycom Industries is a small cap stock. However, it is big enough to catch the attention of professional investors. It’s not particularly surprising that it has a higher beta than the overall market. That’s because it takes less money to influence the share price of a smaller company, than a bigger company.

What this means for you:

Since Dycom Industries has a reasonably high beta, it’s worth considering why it is so heavily influenced by broader market sentiment. For example, it might be a high growth stock or have a lot of operating leverage in its business model. In order to fully understand whether DY is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Dycom Industries’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for DY’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for DY’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has DY been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of DY’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how DY measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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