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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, if you buy shares in a high quality company at the right price, you can gain well over 100%. Long term Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 241% in five years. On top of that, the share price is up 44% in about a quarter.
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.
Over half a decade, Cirrus Logic managed to grow its earnings per share at 8.5% a year. This EPS growth is lower than the 28% average annual increase in the share price. This suggests that market participants hold the company in higher regard, these days. And that's hardly shocking given the track record of growth.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Cirrus Logic's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
Cirrus Logic provided a TSR of 17% over the last twelve months. But that return falls short of the market. On the bright side, the longer term returns (running at about 28% a year, over half a decade) look better. It's quite possible the business continues to execute with prowess, even as the share price gains are slowing. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Cirrus Logic better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Cirrus Logic that you should be aware of before investing here.
Cirrus Logic 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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