What You Must Know About Edelweiss Financial Services Limited’s (NSE:EDELWEISS) Beta Value

Anyone researching Edelweiss Financial Services Limited (NSE:EDELWEISS) 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. First, we have company specific volatility, which is the price gyrations of an individual stock. Holding at least 8 stocks can reduce this kind of risk across a portfolio. The second type is the broader market volatility, which you cannot diversify away, since it arises from macroeconomic factors which directly affects all the 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 does EDELWEISS’s beta value mean to investors?

Given that it has a beta of 1.14, we can surmise that the Edelweiss Financial Services share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If this beta value holds true in the future, Edelweiss Financial Services shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Share price volatility is well worth considering, but most long term investors consider the history of revenue and earnings growth to be more important. Take a look at how Edelweiss Financial Services fares in that regard, below.

NSEI:EDELWEISS Income Statement Export October 25th 18
NSEI:EDELWEISS Income Statement Export October 25th 18

How does EDELWEISS’s size impact its beta?

Edelweiss Financial Services is a small company, but not tiny and little known. It has a market capitalisation of ₹133.3b, which means it would be on the radar of intstitutional investors. It has a relatively high beta, which is not unusual among small-cap stocks. Because it takes less capital to move the share price of a smaller company, actively traded small-cap stocks often have a higher beta that a similar large-cap stock.

What this means for you:

Since Edelweiss Financial Services 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 EDELWEISS is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Edelweiss Financial Services’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for EDELWEISS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for EDELWEISS’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has EDELWEISS 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 EDELWEISS’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how EDELWEISS 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.

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