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Reflecting on AssetMark Financial Holdings' (NYSE:AMK) Share Price Returns Over The Last Year

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Investors can approximate the average market return by buying 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 AssetMark Financial Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AMK) shareholders over the last year, as the share price declined 11%. That's well below the market return of 42%. Because AssetMark Financial Holdings hasn't been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs. The last week also saw the share price slip down another 6.6%. But this could be related to the soft market, which is down about 4.6% in the same period.

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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 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.

Unfortunately AssetMark Financial Holdings reported an EPS drop of 1,726% for the last year. This was, in part, due to extraordinary items impacting earnings. And indeed the company lost money over the last twelve months. The share price fall of 11% isn't as bad as the reduction in earnings per share. It may have been that the weak EPS was not as bad as some had feared.

The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

NYSE:AMK Earnings Per Share Growth February 27th 2021

It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on AssetMark Financial Holdings' earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

Given that the market gained 42% in the last year, AssetMark Financial Holdings shareholders might be miffed that they lost 11%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. With the stock down 2.8% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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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