You can receive the average market return by buying a low-cost index fund. But you can make superior returns by picking better-than average stocks. Notably, the BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMCH) share price has gained 39% in three years, which is better than the average market return. More recently the stock has gained 19% in a year, which isn't too bad.
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.
BMC Stock Holdings was able to grow its EPS at 132% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. The average annual share price increase of 12% is actually lower than the EPS growth. Therefore, it seems the market has moderated its expectations for growth, somewhat.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of BMC Stock Holdings's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that BMC Stock Holdings shareholders have gained 19% (in total) over the last year. That's better than the annualized TSR of 12% over the last three years. Given the track record of solid returns over varying time frames, it might be worth putting BMC Stock Holdings on your watchlist. If you want to research this stock further, the data on insider buying is an obvious place to start. You can click here to see who has been buying shares - and the price they paid.
If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
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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