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Did Quanterix's (NASDAQ:QTRX) Share Price Deserve to Gain 66%?

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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. To wit, the Quanterix Corporation (NASDAQ:QTRX) share price is 66% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around -0.9% (not including dividends) in the same period. That's a solid performance by our standards! We'll need to follow Quanterix for a while to get a better sense of its share price trend, since it hasn't been listed for particularly long.

See our latest analysis for Quanterix

Quanterix isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

In the last year Quanterix saw its revenue grow by 69%. That's a head and shoulders above most loss-making companies. While the share price gain of 66% over twelve months is pretty tasty, you might argue it doesn't fully reflect the strong revenue growth. So quite frankly it could be a good time to investigate Quanterix in some detail. Since we evolved from monkeys, we think in linear terms by nature. So if growth goes exponential, opportunity may exist for the enlightened.

The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).

NasdaqGM:QTRX Income Statement, June 6th 2019

You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.

A Different Perspective

Quanterix shareholders should be happy with the total gain of 66% over the last twelve months. A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 23% in that time. This suggests the company is continuing to win over new investors. Before spending more time on Quanterix it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

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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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