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If you're interested in Avinger, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVGR), 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. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. 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 sort is caused by the natural volatility of markets, overall. For example, certain macroeconomic events will impact (virtually) all stocks on the market.
Some stocks mimic the volatility of the market quite closely, while others demonstrate muted, exagerrated or uncorrelated 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 below one is either less volatile than the market, or more volatile but not corellated with the overall market. In comparison a stock with a beta of over one tends to be move in a similar direction to the market in the long term, but with greater changes in price.
What AVGR's beta value tells investors
Given that it has a beta of 1.65, we can surmise that the Avinger share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If this beta value holds true in the future, Avinger shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Avinger is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
Could AVGR's size cause it to be more volatile?
Avinger is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of US$12m. Most companies this size are not always actively traded. 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 Avinger 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 AVGR is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Avinger’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:
Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AVGR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AVGR’s outlook.
Past Track Record: Has AVGR 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 AVGR's historicals for more clarity.
Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how AVGR measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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