If you're interested in Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS), then you might want to consider its beta (a measure of share price volatility) in order to understand how the stock could impact your portfolio. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility as falling into two main categories. The first category is company specific volatility. This can be dealt with by limiting your exposure to any particular stock. The other type, which cannot be diversified away, is the volatility of the entire market. Every stock in the market is exposed to this volatility, which is linked to the fact that stocks prices are correlated in an efficient market.
Some stocks see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. Beta is a widely used metric to measure a stock's exposure to market risk (volatility). Before we go on, it's worth noting that Warren Buffett pointed out in his 2014 letter to shareholders that 'volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' Having said that, beta can still be rather useful. The first thing to understand about beta is that the beta of the overall market is one. A stock with a beta below one is either less volatile than the market, or more volatile but not corellated with the overall market. In comparison a stock with a beta of over one tends to be move in a similar direction to the market in the long term, but with greater changes in price.
What does AEIS's beta value mean to investors?
Given that it has a beta of 1.57, we can surmise that the Advanced Energy Industries share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). Based on this history, investors should be aware that Advanced Energy Industries are likely to rise strongly in times of greed, but sell off in times of fear. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Advanced Energy Industries is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
Could AEIS's size cause it to be more volatile?
Advanced Energy Industries is a reasonably big company, with a market capitalisation of US$2.7b. Most companies this size are actively traded with decent volumes of shares changing hands each day. It takes a lot of money to influence the share price of large companies like this one. That makes it interesting to note that its share price has a history of sensitivity to market volatility. There might be some aspect of the business that means profits are leveraged to the economic cycle.
What this means for you:
Since Advanced Energy Industries tends to moves up when the market is going up, and down when it's going down, potential investors may wish to reflect on the overall market, when considering the stock. In order to fully understand whether AEIS is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Advanced Energy Industries’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AEIS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AEIS’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has AEIS been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of AEIS's historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how AEIS measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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