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Did You Miss MRC Global's (NYSE:MRC) 89% Share Price Gain?

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If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. For example, the MRC Global Inc. (NYSE:MRC) share price is up 89% in the last year, clearly besting the market return of around 44% (not including dividends). So that should have shareholders smiling. Zooming out, the stock is actually down 45% in the last three years.

Check out our latest analysis for MRC Global

MRC Global isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

In the last year MRC Global saw its revenue shrink by 32%. The stock is up 89% in that time, a fine performance given the revenue drop. We can correlate the share price rise with revenue or profit growth, but it seems the market had previously expected weaker results, and sentiment around the stock is improving.

The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

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If you are thinking of buying or selling MRC Global stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that MRC Global shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 89% over the last year. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 4% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.

If you are like me, then you will 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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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