How Does Investing In National Steel and Agro Industries Limited (NSE:NATNLSTEEL) Impact The Volatility Of Your Portfolio?

If you’re interested in National Steel and Agro Industries Limited (NSE:NATNLSTEEL), 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 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. 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.

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What does NATNLSTEEL’s beta value mean to investors?

Given that it has a beta of 1.31, we can surmise that the National Steel and Agro Industries share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that National Steel and Agro Industries shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether National Steel and Agro Industries is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NSEI:NATNLSTEEL Income Statement, March 13th 2019
NSEI:NATNLSTEEL Income Statement, March 13th 2019

How does NATNLSTEEL’s size impact its beta?

National Steel and Agro Industries is a rather small company. It has a market capitalisation of ₹256m, which means it is probably under the radar of most investors. Relatively few investors can influence the price of a smaller company, compared to a large company. This could explain the high beta value, in this case.

What this means for you:

Since National Steel and Agro Industries 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. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it’s well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as National Steel and Agro Industries’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:

  1. Financial Health: Are NATNLSTEEL’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  2. Past Track Record: Has NATNLSTEEL 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 NATNLSTEEL’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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