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How Does Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO) Affect Your Portfolio Volatility?

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Anyone researching Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility as falling into two main categories. First, we have company specific volatility, which is the price gyrations of an individual stock. Holding at least 8 stocks can reduce this kind of risk across a portfolio. 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 greater than one is more sensitive to broader market movements than a stock with a beta of less than one.

View our latest analysis for Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings

What CCO's beta value tells investors

Looking at the last five years, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings has a beta of 1.1. The fact that this is well above 1 indicates that its share price movements have shown sensitivity to overall market volatility. Based on this history, investors should be aware that Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings 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 Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NYSE:CCO Income Statement, April 12th 2019

How does CCO's size impact its beta?

With a market capitalisation of US$2.0b, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings is a small cap stock. However, it is big enough to catch the attention of professional investors. It has a relatively high beta, which is not unusual among small-cap stocks. Because it takes less capital to move the share price of a smaller company, actively traded small-cap stocks often have a higher beta that a similar large-cap stock.

What this means for you:

Beta only tells us that the Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings share price is sensitive to broader market movements. This could indicate that it is a high growth company, or is heavily influenced by sentiment because it is speculative. Alternatively, it could have operating leverage in its business model. Ultimately, beta is an interesting metric, but there's plenty more to learn. In order to fully understand whether CCO is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CCO’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CCO’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has CCO 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 CCO's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how CCO measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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