Does Market Volatility Impact Mainstreet Equity Corp’s (TSE:MEQ) Share Price?

If you’re interested in Mainstreet Equity Corp (TSE:MEQ), 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 second sort is caused by the natural volatility of markets, overall. For example, certain macroeconomic events will impact (virtually) all stocks on the market.

Some stocks are more sensitive to general market forces than others. Beta is a widely used metric to measure a stock’s exposure to market risk (volatility). Before we go on, it’s worth noting that Warren Buffett pointed out in his 2014 letter to shareholders that ‘volatility is far from synonymous with risk.’ Having said that, beta can still be rather useful. The first thing to understand about beta is 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.

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What MEQ’s beta value tells investors

Given that it has a beta of 0.91, we can surmise that the Mainstreet Equity share price has not been strongly impacted by broader market volatility (over the last 5 years). This suggests that including it in your portfolio will reduce volatility arising from broader market movements, assuming your portfolio’s weighted average beta is higher than 0.91. Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether Mainstreet Equity is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

TSX:MEQ Income Statement Export November 9th 18
TSX:MEQ Income Statement Export November 9th 18

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

Mainstreet Equity is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of CA$422m. Most companies this size are not always actively traded. It is not unusual for very small companies to have a low beta value, especially if only low volumes of shares are traded. Even when they are traded more actively, the share price is often more susceptible to company specific developments than overall market volatility.

What this means for you:

Since Mainstreet Equity is not heavily influenced by market moves, its share price is probably far more dependend on company specific developments. It could pay to take a closer look at metrics such as revenue growth, earnings growth, and debt. In order to fully understand whether MEQ is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Mainstreet Equity’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 MEQ’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MEQ’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has MEQ 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 MEQ’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how MEQ measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.