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Generally speaking the aim of active stock picking is to find companies that provide returns that are superior to the market average. And while active stock picking involves risks (and requires diversification) it can also provide excess returns. For example, long term Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR) shareholders have enjoyed a 90% share price rise over the last half decade, well in excess of the market return of around 58%.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed, is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
Over half a decade, Coherent managed to grow its earnings per share at 29% a year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the yearly share price gain of 14% over the same period. Therefore, it seems the market has become relatively pessimistic about the company.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that Coherent has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Coherent stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 4.3% in the last year, Coherent shareholders lost 39%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 14%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how Coherent scores on these 3 valuation metrics.
We will like Coherent better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.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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