The simplest way to benefit from a rising market is to buy an index fund. When you buy individual stocks, you can make higher profits, but you also face the risk of under-performance. That downside risk was realized by Yeahka Limited (HKG:9923) shareholders over the last year, as the share price declined 40%. That's disappointing when you consider the market declined 7.3%. Yeahka may have better days ahead, of course; we've only looked at a one year period. On the other hand the share price has bounced 8.7% over the last week.
While the stock has risen 8.7% in the past week but long term shareholders are still in the red, let's see what the fundamentals can tell us.
To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
Unfortunately Yeahka reported an EPS drop of 25% for the last year. This reduction in EPS is not as bad as the 40% share price fall. So it seems the market was too confident about the business, a year ago.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
This free interactive report on Yeahka's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Yeahka shareholders are down 40% for the year, even worse than the market loss of 7.3%. That's disappointing, but it's worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn't have helped. Putting aside the last twelve months, it's good to see the share price has rebounded by 0.6%, in the last ninety days. Let's just hope this isn't the widely-feared 'dead cat bounce' (which would indicate further declines to come). It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Yeahka better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Yeahka (including 1 which is a bit concerning) .
But note: Yeahka may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on HK exchanges.
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