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Before You Buy TESSCO Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TESS), Consider Its Volatility

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If you own shares in TESSCO Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TESS) then it's worth thinking about how it contributes to the volatility of your portfolio, overall. In finance, Beta is a measure of volatility. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. 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 are more sensitive to general market forces than others. 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. A stock with a beta greater than one is more sensitive to broader market movements than a stock with a beta of less than one.

See our latest analysis for TESSCO Technologies

What we can learn from TESS's beta value

Given that it has a beta of 1.22, we can surmise that the TESSCO Technologies share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that TESSCO Technologies shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether TESSCO Technologies is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NasdaqGS:TESS Income Statement, September 9th 2019

Could TESS's size cause it to be more volatile?

TESSCO Technologies is a rather small company. It has a market capitalisation of US$131m, which means it is probably under the radar of most investors. It has a relatively high beta, suggesting it is fairly actively traded for a company of its size. Because it takes less capital to move the share price of a small company like this, when a stock this size is actively traded it is quite often more sensitive to market volatility than similar large companies.

What this means for you:

Since TESSCO Technologies 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 TESS is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as TESSCO Technologies’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 TESS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for TESS’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has TESS 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 TESS's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how TESS measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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