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If you own shares in Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft (FRA:HHFA) 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 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 mimic the volatility of the market quite closely, while others demonstrate muted, exagerrated or uncorrelated 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. A stock with a beta below one is either less volatile than the market, or more volatile but not corellated with the overall market. In comparison a stock with a beta of over one tends to be move in a similar direction to the market in the long term, but with greater changes in price.
What HHFA’s beta value tells investors
Zooming in on Hamburger Hafen und Logistik, we see it has a five year beta of 0.85. This is below 1, so historically its share price has been rather independent from the market. This means that — if history is a guide — buying the stock would reduce the impact of overall market volatility in many portfolios (depending on the beta of the portfolio, of course). Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether Hamburger Hafen und Logistik is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
Could HHFA’s size cause it to be more volatile?
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik is a small company, but not tiny and little known. It has a market capitalisation of €1.6b, which means it would be on the radar of intstitutional investors. Small cap stocks ofthen have a higher beta than the overall market. However, small companies can also be strongly impacted by company specific developments, which can move the share price in ways that are unrelated to the broader market. That could explain why this one has a low beta value.
What this means for you:
The Hamburger Hafen und Logistik doesn’t usually show much sensitivity to the broader market. This could be for a variety of reasons. Typically, smaller companies have a low beta if their share price tends to move a lot due to company specific developments. Alternatively, an strong dividend payer might move less than the market because investors are valuing it for its income stream. In order to fully understand whether HHFA is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Hamburger Hafen und Logistik’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HHFA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HHFA’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has HHFA 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 HHFA’s historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how HHFA measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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