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Generally speaking the aim of active stock picking is to find companies that provide returns that are superior to the market average. And in our experience, buying the right stocks can give your wealth a significant boost. For example, the Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CART) share price is up 59% in the last 5 years, clearly besting than the market return of around 38% (ignoring dividends).
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
During the five years of share price growth, Carolina Trust BancShares moved from a loss to profitability. That would generally be considered a positive, so we’d expect the share price to be up. Since the company was unprofitable five years ago, but not three years ago, it’s worth taking a look at the returns in the last three years, too. We can see that the Carolina Trust BancShares share price is up 32% in the last three years. In the same period, EPS is up 16% per year. This EPS growth is higher than the 9.6% average annual increase in the share price over the same three years. So you might conclude the market is a little more cautious about the stock, these days.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
Dive deeper into Carolina Trust BancShares’s key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Carolina Trust BancShares’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
Carolina Trust BancShares shareholders are down 2.3% for the year, but the market itself is up 3.2%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 9.7% per year over half a decade. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. If you would like to research Carolina Trust BancShares in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
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Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.
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