Anyone researching Amkor Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMKR) 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. 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 see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. 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.
What we can learn from AMKR’s beta value
Given that it has a beta of 1.9, we can surmise that the Amkor Technology share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that Amkor Technology shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Many would argue that beta is useful in position sizing, but fundamental metrics such as revenue and earnings are more important overall. You can see Amkor Technology’s revenue and earnings in the image below.
How does AMKR’s size impact its beta?
Amkor Technology is a reasonably big company, with a market capitalisation of US$2.1b. Most companies this size are actively traded with decent volumes of shares changing hands each day. It takes deep pocketed investors to influence the share price of a large company, so it’s a little unusual to see companies this size with high beta values. It may be that that this company is more heavily impacted by broader economic factors than most.
What this means for you:
Since Amkor Technology 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. In order to fully understand whether AMKR is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Amkor Technology’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AMKR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AMKR’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has AMKR 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 AMKR’s historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how AMKR measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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