Anyone researching Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) (NASDAQ:HOMB) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. 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 second sort is caused by the natural volatility of markets, overall. For example, certain macroeconomic events will impact (virtually) all stocks on the market.
Some stocks are more sensitive to general market forces than others. Beta is a widely used metric to measure a stock's exposure to market risk (volatility). Before we go on, it's worth noting that Warren Buffett pointed out in his 2014 letter to shareholders that 'volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' Having said that, beta can still be rather useful. The first thing to understand about beta is 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.
What HOMB's beta value tells investors
Zooming in on Home Bancshares (Conway AR), we see it has a five year beta of 1.22. This is above 1, so historically its share price has been influenced by the broader volatility of the stock market. If the past is any guide, we would expect that Home Bancshares (Conway AR) shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Many would argue that beta is useful in position sizing, but fundamental metrics such as revenue and earnings are more important overall. You can see Home Bancshares (Conway AR)'s revenue and earnings in the image below.
How does HOMB's size impact its beta?
Home Bancshares (Conway AR) is a reasonably big company, with a market capitalisation of US$3.1b. Most companies this size are actively traded with decent volumes of shares changing hands each day. It takes a lot of money to influence the share price of large companies like this one. That makes it interesting to note that its share price has a history of sensitivity to market volatility. There might be some aspect of the business that means profits are leveraged to the economic cycle.
What this means for you:
Since Home Bancshares (Conway AR) 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 HOMB is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Home Bancshares (Conway AR)’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HOMB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HOMB’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has HOMB 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 HOMB's historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how HOMB measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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