It’s easy to match the overall market return by buying an index fund. But if you buy individual stocks, you can do both better or worse than that. Investors in Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:BREW) have tasted that bitter downside in the last year, as the share price dropped 25%. That’s disappointing when you consider the market returned 3.1%. On the other hand, the stock is actually up 3.3% over three years. Unfortunately the share price momentum is still quite negative, with prices down 8.9% in thirty days. Importantly, this could be a market reaction to the recently released financial results. You can check out the latest numbers in our company report.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
During the last year Craft Brew Alliance saw its earnings per share drop below zero. Some investors no doubt dumped the stock as a result. Of course, if the company can turn the situation around, investors will likely profit.
This free interactive report on Craft Brew Alliance’s earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 3.1% in the last year, Craft Brew Alliance shareholders lost 25%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 1.8% 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 Craft Brew Alliance in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
Of course Craft Brew Alliance may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
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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