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The Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ:CDNS) Share Price Has Gained 285%, So Why Not Pay It Some Attention?

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It hasn't been the best quarter for Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS) shareholders, since the share price has fallen 10% in that time. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last five years have been very strong. We think most investors would be happy with the 285% return, over that period. To some, the recent pullback wouldn't be surprising after such a fast rise. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price.

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In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

Over half a decade, Cadence Design Systems managed to grow its earnings per share at 27% a year. So the EPS growth rate is rather close to the annualized share price gain of 31% per year. This indicates that investor sentiment towards the company has not changed a great deal. Indeed, it would appear the share price is reacting to the EPS.

The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NasdaqGS:CDNS Past and Future Earnings, October 22nd 2019

We know that Cadence Design Systems has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? If you're interested, you could check this free report showing consensus revenue forecasts.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Cadence Design Systems shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 64% over the last year. That's better than the annualised return of 31% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Before spending more time on Cadence Design Systems it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

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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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