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Is Aduro BioTech, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADRO) A Volatile Stock?

Shawn Clark

If you’re interested in Aduro BioTech, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADRO), 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. 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 other type, which cannot be diversified away, is the volatility of the entire market. Every stock in the market is exposed to this volatility, which is linked to the fact that stocks prices are correlated in an efficient market.

Some stocks mimic the volatility of the market quite closely, while others demonstrate muted, exagerrated or uncorrelated price movements. 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. Any stock with a beta of greater than one is considered more volatile than the market, while those with a beta below one are either less volatile or poorly correlated with the market.

See our latest analysis for Aduro BioTech

What ADRO’s beta value tells investors

Given that it has a beta of 1.84, we can surmise that the Aduro BioTech share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If this beta value holds true in the future, Aduro BioTech shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. 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 Aduro BioTech’s revenue and earnings in the image below.

NASDAQGS:ADRO Income Statement Export January 25th 19

How does ADRO’s size impact its beta?

With a market capitalisation of US$205m, Aduro BioTech is a very small company by global standards. It is quite likely to be unknown to most investors. It takes less money to influence the share price of a very small company. This may explain the excess volatility implied by this beta value.

What this means for you:

Since Aduro BioTech 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 ADRO is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Aduro BioTech’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 ADRO’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ADRO’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has ADRO 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 ADRO’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how ADRO 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.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.