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Did Changing Sentiment Drive Core Molding Technologies's (NYSEMKT:CMT) Share Price Down A Painful 94%?

Simply Wall St

Long term investing works well, but it doesn't always work for each individual stock. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. Anyone who held Core Molding Technologies, Inc. (NYSEMKT:CMT) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 94% in that time. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 86% in the last year. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 68% in the last 90 days. This could be related to the recent financial results - you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.

We really feel for shareholders in this scenario. It's a good reminder of the importance of diversification, and it's worth keeping in mind there's more to life than money, anyway.

View our latest analysis for Core Molding Technologies

Because Core Molding Technologies made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That's because it's hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.

In the last half decade, Core Molding Technologies saw its revenue increase by 11% per year. That's a pretty good rate for a long time period. So the stock price fall of 44% per year seems pretty steep. The truth is that the growth might be below expectations, and investors are probably worried about the continual losses.

You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

AMEX:CMT Income Statement April 9th 2020

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 Core Molding Technologies's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

We regret to report that Core Molding Technologies shareholders are down 86% for the year. Unfortunately, that's worse than the broader market decline of 6.0%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there's a good opportunity. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 44% over the last half decade. We realise that Baron Rothschild has said investors should "buy when there is blood on the streets", but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality business. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Core Molding Technologies (including 2 which is are a bit concerning) .

Core Molding Technologies 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 US exchanges.

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