Before You Buy Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLVS), Consider Its Volatility

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If you’re interested in Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLVS), then you might want to consider its beta (a measure of share price volatility) in order to understand how the stock could impact your portfolio. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility as falling into two main categories. The first category is company specific volatility. This can be dealt with by limiting your exposure to any particular stock. The second type is the broader market volatility, which you cannot diversify away, since it arises from macroeconomic factors which directly affects all the stocks on the market.

Some stocks see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. Beta can be a useful tool to understand how much a stock is influenced by market risk (volatility). However, Warren Buffett said ‘volatility is far from synonymous with risk’ in his 2014 letter to investors. So, while useful, beta is not the only metric to consider. To use beta as an investor, you must first understand that the overall market has a beta of one. Any stock with a beta of greater than one is considered more volatile than the market, while those with a beta below one are either less volatile or poorly correlated with the market.

Check out our latest analysis for Clovis Oncology

What CLVS’s beta value tells investors

Looking at the last five years, Clovis Oncology has a beta of 1.88. The fact that this is well above 1 indicates that its share price movements have shown sensitivity to overall market volatility. If the past is any guide, we would expect that Clovis Oncology shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Share price volatility is well worth considering, but most long term investors consider the history of revenue and earnings growth to be more important. Take a look at how Clovis Oncology fares in that regard, below.

NasdaqGS:CLVS Income Statement, May 7th 2019
NasdaqGS:CLVS Income Statement, May 7th 2019

How does CLVS’s size impact its beta?

Clovis Oncology is a small company, but not tiny and little known. It has a market capitalisation of US$1.0b, which means it would be on the radar of intstitutional investors. It has a relatively high beta, which is not unusual among small-cap stocks. Because it takes less capital to move the share price of a smaller company, actively traded small-cap stocks often have a higher beta that a similar large-cap stock.

What this means for you:

Since Clovis Oncology tends to moves up when the market is going up, and down when it’s going down, potential investors may wish to reflect on the overall market, when considering the stock. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it’s well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Clovis Oncology’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CLVS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CLVS’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has CLVS been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of CLVS’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how CLVS measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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