If You Had Bought HD Supply Holdings (NASDAQ:HDS) Shares Five Years Ago You’d Have Made 51%

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These days it’s easy to simply buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But the truth is, you can make significant gains if you buy good quality businesses at the right price. For example, the HD Supply Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HDS) share price is up 51% in the last five years, slightly above the market return. Zooming in, the stock is actually down 7.8% in the last year.

Check out our latest analysis for HD Supply Holdings

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…’ One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

During the five years of share price growth, HD Supply Holdings moved from a loss to profitability. That would generally be considered a positive, so we’d expect the share price to be up.

NasdaqGS:HDS Past and Future Earnings, July 15th 2019
NasdaqGS:HDS Past and Future Earnings, July 15th 2019

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. 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 HD Supply Holdings’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

HD Supply Holdings shareholders are down 7.8% for the year, but the market itself is up 7.1%. 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 8.6%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. If you want to research this stock further, the data on insider buying is an obvious place to start. You can click here to see who has been buying shares – and the price they paid.

HD Supply Holdings 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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