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AutoCanada's (TSE:ACQ) Wonderful 383% Share Price Increase Shows How Capitalism Can Build Wealth

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Active investing isn't easy, but for those that do it, the aim is to find the best companies to buy, and to profit handsomely. When you find (and hold) a big winner, you can markedly improve your finances. For example, AutoCanada Inc. (TSE:ACQ) has generated a beautiful 383% return in just a single year. On top of that, the share price is up 43% in about a quarter. It is also impressive that the stock is up 160% over three years, adding to the sense that it is a real winner.

View our latest analysis for AutoCanada

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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 the last year AutoCanada grew its earnings per share, moving from a loss to a profit.

When a company is just on the edge of profitability it can be well worth considering other metrics in order to more precisely gauge growth (and therefore understand share price movements).

We think that the revenue growth of 4.2% could have some investors interested. We do see some companies suppress earnings in order to accelerate revenue growth.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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We know that AutoCanada has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? You can see what analysts are predicting for AutoCanada in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that AutoCanada shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 383% over one year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 17% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks, for example - AutoCanada has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit concerning) we think you should know about.

But note: AutoCanada 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 CA exchanges.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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