Can You Imagine How Chuffed Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG.L) Shareholders Feel About Its 112% Share Price Gain?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 02, 2019
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The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But on a lighter note, a good company can see its share price rise well over 100%. One great example is Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG.L) which saw its share price drive 112% higher over five years. In more good news, the share price has risen 6.7% in thirty days. This could be related to the recent financial results that were recently released - you could check the most recent data by reading our company report.

See our latest analysis for Alphabet

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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, Alphabet managed to grow its earnings per share at 19% a year. This EPS growth is reasonably close to the 16% average annual increase in the share price. Therefore one could conclude that sentiment towards the shares hasn't morphed very much. Rather, the share price has approximately tracked EPS growth.

NasdaqGS:GOOG.L Past and Future Earnings, August 2nd 2019
NasdaqGS:GOOG.L Past and Future Earnings, August 2nd 2019

It's probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. It's always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Alphabet's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 4.8% in the last year, Alphabet shareholders lost 2.4%. 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. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 16% per year over half a decade. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how Alphabet scores on these 3 valuation metrics.

Of course Alphabet may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

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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