The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. To wit, the Capital Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBNK) share price is 17% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around 13% (not including dividends) in the same period. That's a solid performance by our standards! Note that businesses generally develop over the long term, so the returns over the last year might not reflect a long term trend.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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.
Capital Bancorp was able to grow EPS by 50% in the last twelve months. This EPS growth is significantly higher than the 17% increase in the share price. Therefore, it seems the market isn't as excited about Capital Bancorp as it was before. This could be an opportunity.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We know that Capital Bancorp has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? You could check out this free report showing analyst revenue forecasts.
A Different Perspective
Capital Bancorp shareholders should be happy with the total gain of 17% over the last twelve months. A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 15% in that time. This suggests the company is continuing to win over new investors. If you would like to research Capital Bancorp in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
We will like Capital Bancorp better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
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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