Taking the occasional loss comes part and parcel with investing on the stock market. And there’s no doubt that Dycom Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DY) stock has had a really bad year. To wit the share price is down 56% in that time. At least the damage isn’t so bad if you look at the last three years, since the stock is down 21% in that time. On top of that, the share price has dropped a further 22% in a month. Importantly, this could be a market reaction to the recently released financial results. You can check out the latest numbers in our company report.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
Unfortunately Dycom Industries reported an EPS drop of 59% for the last year. This change in EPS is remarkably close to the 56% decrease in the share price. So it seems that the market sentiment has not changed much, despite the weak results. Rather, the share price has approximately tracked EPS growth.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Dycom Industries’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
Investors in Dycom Industries had a tough year, with a total loss of 56%, against a market gain of about 3.4%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 9.1% per year over half a decade. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. It is all well and good that insiders have been buying shares, but we suggest you check here to see what price insiders were buying at.
There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are 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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