Does The Hong Kong Finance Group Limited (HKG:1273) Share Price Tend To Follow The Market?

Anyone researching Hong Kong Finance Group Limited (HKG:1273) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. 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 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 see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. Beta can be a useful tool to understand how much a stock is influenced by market risk (volatility). However, Warren Buffett said ‘volatility is far from synonymous with risk’ in his 2014 letter to investors. So, while useful, beta is not the only metric to consider. To use beta as an investor, you must first understand that the overall market has a beta of 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 1273’s beta value tells investors

Hong Kong Finance Group has a five-year beta of 0.95. This is reasonably close to the market beta of 1, so the stock has in the past displayed similar levels of volatility to the overall market. While history does not always repeat, this may indicate that the stock price will continue to be exposed to market risk, albeit not overly so. Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether Hong Kong Finance Group is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

SEHK:1273 Income Statement, May 24th 2019
SEHK:1273 Income Statement, May 24th 2019

Could 1273’s size cause it to be more volatile?

With a market capitalisation of HK$228m, Hong Kong Finance Group is a very small company by global standards. It is quite likely to be unknown to most investors. It doesn’t take much money to really move the share price of a company as small as this one. That makes it somewhat unusual that it has a beta value so close to the overall market.

What this means for you:

Hong Kong Finance Group has a beta value quite close to that of the overall market. That doesn’t tell us much on its own, so it is probably worth considering whether the company is growing, if you’re looking for stocks that will go up more than the overall market. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it’s well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Hong Kong Finance Group’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 1273’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 1273’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has 1273 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 1273’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how 1273 measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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