Did You Miss Advanced Micro Devices’s Whopping 922% Share Price Gain?

Generally speaking, investors are inspired to be stock pickers by the potential to find the big winners. Mistakes are inevitable, but a single top stock pick can cover any losses, and so much more. For example, the Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) share price is up a whopping 922% in the last three years, a handsome return for long term holders. On top of that, the share price is up 11% in about a quarter. The company reported its financial results recently; you can catch up on the latest numbers by reading our company report.

Anyone who held for that rewarding ride would probably be keen to talk about it.

See our latest analysis for Advanced Micro Devices

In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

During three years of share price growth, Advanced Micro Devices moved from a loss to profitability. Given the importance of this milestone, it’s not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

NasdaqGS:AMD Past and Future Earnings, March 6th 2019
NasdaqGS:AMD Past and Future Earnings, March 6th 2019

It is of course excellent to see how Advanced Micro Devices has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. This free interactive report on Advanced Micro Devices’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Advanced Micro Devices shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 100% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 44%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Before spending more time on Advanced Micro Devices it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

But note: Advanced Micro Devices may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

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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