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Champion Iron's (ASX:CIA) Incredible 1276% Share Price Run Shows What Is Possible With Stocks

Simply Wall St

Generally speaking, investors are inspired to be stock pickers by the potential to find the big winners. But when you hold the right stock for the right time period, the rewards can be truly huge. One bright shining star stock has been Champion Iron Limited (ASX:CIA), which is 1276% higher than three years ago. On top of that, the share price is up 63% in about a quarter.

We love happy stories like this one. The company should be really proud of that performance!

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See our latest analysis for Champion Iron

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. 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.

During three years of share price growth, Champion Iron moved from a loss to profitability. Given the importance of this milestone, it's not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

ASX:CIA Past and Future Earnings, May 27th 2019

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 Champion Iron's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Champion Iron has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 89% in the last twelve months. That's better than the annualised return of 51% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. 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.

Champion Iron is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on AU exchanges.

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