Update: Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL) Stock Gained 62% In The Last Five Years

Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL) shareholders have seen the share price descend 13% over the month. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last five years have been respectable. It’s good to see the share price is up 62% in that time, better than its market return of 58%.

See our latest analysis for Western Alliance Bancorporation

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

Over half a decade, Western Alliance Bancorporation managed to grow its earnings per share at 26% a year. This EPS growth is higher than the 10% average annual increase in the share price. So it seems the market isn’t so enthusiastic about the stock these days. The reasonably low P/E ratio of 9.82 also suggests market apprehension.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

NYSE:WAL Past and Future Earnings, March 27th 2019
NYSE:WAL Past and Future Earnings, March 27th 2019

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Western Alliance Bancorporation’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Western Alliance Bancorporation had a tough year, with a total loss of 28%, against a market gain of about 8.7%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 10%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of Western Alliance Bancorporation by clicking this link.

Western Alliance Bancorporation is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.

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