How MediciNova, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNOV) Can Impact Your Portfolio Volatility

Anyone researching MediciNova, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNOV) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility as falling into two main categories. First, we have company specific volatility, which is the price gyrations of an individual stock. Holding at least 8 stocks can reduce this kind of risk across a portfolio. The second sort is caused by the natural volatility of markets, overall. For example, certain macroeconomic events will impact (virtually) all stocks on the market.

Some stocks are more sensitive to general market forces than others. Some investors use beta as a measure of how much a certain stock is impacted by market risk (volatility). While we should keep in mind that Warren Buffett has cautioned that ‘Volatility is far from synonymous with risk’, beta is still a useful factor to consider. To make good use of it you must first know that the beta of the overall market is one. A stock with a beta greater than one is more sensitive to broader market movements than a stock with a beta of less than one.

Check out our latest analysis for MediciNova

What MNOV’s beta value tells investors

Given that it has a beta of 0.82, we can surmise that the MediciNova share price has not been strongly impacted by broader market volatility (over the last 5 years). If history is a good guide, owning the stock should help ensure that your portfolio is not overly sensitive to market volatility. Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether MediciNova is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NasdaqGM:MNOV Income Statement Export January 7th 19
NasdaqGM:MNOV Income Statement Export January 7th 19

Does MNOV’s size influence the expected beta?

With a market capitalisation of US$374m, MediciNova is a very small company by global standards. It is quite likely to be unknown to most investors. It is not unusual for very small companies to have a low beta value, especially if only low volumes of shares are traded. Even when they are traded more actively, the share price is often more susceptible to company specific developments than overall market volatility.

What this means for you:

Since MediciNova is not heavily influenced by market moves, its share price is probably far more dependend on company specific developments. It could pay to take a closer look at metrics such as revenue growth, earnings growth, and debt. In order to fully understand whether MNOV is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as MediciNova’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 MNOV’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MNOV’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has MNOV 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 MNOV’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how MNOV measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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