The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. For example, the Addus HomeCare Corporation (NASDAQ:ADUS) share price has soared 187% in the last three years. How nice for those who held the stock! It's also up 12% in about a month.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
During three years of share price growth, Addus HomeCare achieved compound earnings per share growth of 7.3% per year. In comparison, the 42% per year gain in the share price outpaces the EPS growth. This indicates that the market is feeling more optimistic on the stock, after the last few years of progress. It's not unusual to see the market 're-rate' a stock, after a few years of growth. This favorable sentiment is reflected in its (fairly optimistic) P/E ratio of 49.68.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
Dive deeper into Addus HomeCare's key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Addus HomeCare's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
We're pleased to report that Addus HomeCare shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 80% over one year. That's better than the annualised return of 19% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this freelist of companies we expect will grow earnings.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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