What Kind Of Share Price Volatility Should You Expect For Office Properties Income Trust (NASDAQ:OPI)?

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If you’re interested in Office Properties Income Trust (NASDAQ:OPI), 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 type is company specific volatility. Investors use diversification across uncorrelated stocks to reduce this kind of price volatility across the portfolio. 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 are more sensitive to general market forces than others. Beta is a widely used metric to measure a stock’s exposure to market risk (volatility). Before we go on, it’s worth noting that Warren Buffett pointed out in his 2014 letter to shareholders that ‘volatility is far from synonymous with risk.’ Having said that, beta can still be rather useful. The first thing to understand about beta is 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 Office Properties Income Trust

What OPI’s beta value tells investors

Given that it has a beta of 1.6, we can surmise that the Office Properties Income Trust share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that Office Properties Income Trust shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether Office Properties Income Trust is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NasdaqGS:OPI Income Statement, July 15th 2019
NasdaqGS:OPI Income Statement, July 15th 2019

How does OPI’s size impact its beta?

Office Properties Income Trust is a small company, but not tiny and little known. It has a market capitalisation of US$1.3b, which means it would be on the radar of intstitutional investors. It’s not particularly surprising that it has a higher beta than the overall market. That’s because it takes less money to influence the share price of a smaller company, than a bigger company.

What this means for you:

Since Office Properties Income Trust 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 Office Properties Income Trust’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 OPI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for OPI’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has OPI 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 OPI’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how OPI measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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