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The Dave Buster's Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) Share Price Has Gained 51% And Shareholders Are Hoping For More

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One simple way to benefit from the stock market is to buy an index fund. But if you choose individual stocks with prowess, you can make superior returns. For example, Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAY) shareholders have seen the share price rise 51% over three years, well in excess of the market return (41%, not including dividends).

See our latest analysis for Dave & Buster's Entertainment

To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

During three years of share price growth, Dave & Buster's Entertainment achieved compound earnings per share growth of 27% per year. This EPS growth is higher than the 15% average annual increase in the share price. Therefore, it seems the market has moderated its expectations for growth, somewhat.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

NasdaqGS:PLAY Past and Future Earnings, May 4th 2019

Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here..

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that Dave & Buster's Entertainment rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 44% over the last year. That's including the dividend. That's better than the annualized TSR of 15% over the last three years. These improved returns may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. Before spending more time on Dave & Buster's Entertainment it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

We will like Dave & Buster's Entertainment 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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