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The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But you can significantly boost your returns by picking above-average stocks. To wit, the Altice USA, Inc. (NYSE:ATUS) share price is 42% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around 2.8% (not including dividends) in the same period. If it can keep that out-performance up over the long term, investors will do very well! We’ll need to follow Altice USA for a while to get a better sense of its share price trend, since it hasn’t been listed for particularly long.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
Over the last twelve months, Altice USA actually shrank its EPS by 91%. So we don’t think that investors are paying too much attention to EPS. Indeed, when EPS is declining but the share price is up, it often means the market is considering other factors.
We think that the revenue growth of 3.2% could have some investors interested. We do see some companies suppress earnings in order to accelerate revenue growth.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
Altice USA is well known by investors, and plenty of clever analysts have tried to predict the future profit levels. You can see what analysts are predicting for Altice USA in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that Altice USA shareholders have gained 42% over the last year. A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 13% in that time. Demand for the stock from multiple parties is pushing the price higher; it could be that word is getting out about its virtues as a business. If you would like to research Altice USA in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
We will like Altice USA better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
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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