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The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But on the bright side, you can make far more than 100% on a really good stock. For example, the CF Bankshares Inc. (NASDAQ:CFBK) share price has soared 120% in the last half decade. Most would be very happy with that. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 25% gain in the last three months. But this could be related to the strong market, which is up 17% in the last three months.
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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 five years of share price growth, CF Bankshares achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 85% per year. This EPS growth is higher than the 17% average annual increase in the share price. So it seems the market isn't so enthusiastic about the stock these days. The reasonably low P/E ratio of 4.26 also suggests market apprehension.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
It is of course excellent to see how CF Bankshares has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
CF Bankshares shareholders gained a total return of 22% during the year. But that was short of the market average. The silver lining is that the gain was actually better than the average annual return of 17% per year over five year. It is possible that returns will improve along with the business fundamentals. 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. Even so, be aware that CF Bankshares is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 2 of those are potentially serious...
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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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