If you own shares in Sunningdale Tech Ltd (SGX:BHQ) then it’s worth thinking about how it contributes to the volatility of your portfolio, overall. In finance, Beta is a measure of volatility. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility as falling into two main categories. The first type is company specific volatility. Investors use diversification across uncorrelated stocks to reduce this kind of price volatility across the portfolio. 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 see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. Some investors use beta as a measure of how much a certain stock is impacted by market risk (volatility). While we should keep in mind that Warren Buffett has cautioned that ‘Volatility is far from synonymous with risk’, beta is still a useful factor to consider. To make good use of it you must first know that the beta of the overall market is one. Any stock with a beta of greater than one is considered more volatile than the market, while those with a beta below one are either less volatile or poorly correlated with the market.
What does BHQ’s beta value mean to investors?
Given that it has a beta of 1.09, we can surmise that the Sunningdale Tech share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If this beta value holds true in the future, Sunningdale Tech shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether Sunningdale Tech is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
Could BHQ’s size cause it to be more volatile?
With a market capitalisation of S$234m, Sunningdale Tech is a very small company by global standards. It is quite likely to be unknown to most investors. It has a relatively high beta, suggesting it is fairly actively traded for a company of its size. Because it takes less capital to move the share price of a small company like this, when a stock this size is actively traded it is quite often more sensitive to market volatility than similar large companies.
What this means for you:
Since Sunningdale Tech tends to moves up when the market is going up, and down when it’s going down, potential investors may wish to reflect on the overall market, when considering the stock. In order to fully understand whether BHQ is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Sunningdale Tech’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BHQ’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BHQ’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has BHQ 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 BHQ’s historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how BHQ measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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