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Did Changing Sentiment Drive Mindteck (India)'s (NSE:MINDTECK) Share Price Down By 35%?

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Investors can approximate the average market return by buying an index fund. While individual stocks can be big winners, plenty more fail to generate satisfactory returns. Investors in Mindteck (India) Limited (NSE:MINDTECK) have tasted that bitter downside in the last year, as the share price dropped 35%. That contrasts poorly with the market return of 2.0%. Mindteck (India) hasn't been listed for long, so although we're wary of recent listings that perform poorly, it may still prove itself with time. The good news is that the stock is up 3.2% in the last week.

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See our latest analysis for Mindteck (India)

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.

Mindteck (India) fell to a loss making position during the year. While this may prove temporary, we'd consider it a negative, so it doesn't surprise us that the stock price is down. We hope for shareholders' sake that the company becomes profitable again soon.

The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NSEI:MINDTECK Past and Future Earnings, May 25th 2019

This free interactive report on Mindteck (India)'s earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

Given that the market gained 2.0% in the last year, Mindteck (India) shareholders might be miffed that they lost 34% (even including dividends). While the aim is to do better than that, it's worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. Putting aside the last twelve months, it's good to see the share price has rebounded by 6.2%, in the last ninety days. This could just be a bounce because the selling was too aggressive, but fingers crossed it's the start of a new trend. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.

But note: Mindteck (India) may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

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

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