The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But if you pick the right business to buy shares in, you can make more than you can lose. For example, the Berry Corporation (NASDAQ:BRY) share price has soared 107% in the last year. Most would be very happy with that, especially in just one year! It's also good to see the share price up 44% over the last quarter. Zooming out, the stock is actually down 38% in the last three years.
Because Berry made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
Berry actually shrunk its revenue over the last year, with a reduction of 32%. So we would not have expected the share price to rise 107%. It just goes to show the market doesn't always pay attention to the reported numbers. It's quite likely the revenue fall was already priced in, anyway.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
We're pleased to report that Berry rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 108% over the last year. That includes the value of the dividend. This recent result is much better than the 9% drop suffered by shareholders each year (on average) over the last three. It could well be that the business has turned around -- or else regained the confidence of investors. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Berry better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that Berry is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...
But note: Berry may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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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