The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But on a lighter note, a good company can see its share price rise well over 100%. Long term HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 161% in five years.
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.
During five years of share price growth, HMS Holdings achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 23% per year. So the EPS growth rate is rather close to the annualized share price gain of 21% per year. That suggests that the market sentiment around the company hasn't changed much over that time. Indeed, it would appear the share price is reacting to the EPS.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
This free interactive report on HMS Holdings' earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
HMS Holdings provided a TSR of 50% over the last twelve months. But that return falls short of the market. The silver lining is that the gain was actually better than the average annual return of 21% per year over five year. This could indicate that the company is winning over new investors, as it pursues its strategy. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how HMS Holdings scores on these 3 valuation metrics.
We will like HMS Holdings 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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