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If you own shares in Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EIGI) then it's worth thinking about how it contributes to the volatility of your portfolio, overall. In finance, Beta is a measure of volatility. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. The first category is company specific volatility. This can be dealt with by limiting your exposure to any particular stock. The second sort is caused by the natural volatility of markets, overall. For example, certain macroeconomic events will impact (virtually) all stocks on the market.
Some stocks mimic the volatility of the market quite closely, while others demonstrate muted, exagerrated or uncorrelated 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. Any stock with a beta of greater than one is considered more volatile than the market, while those with a beta below one are either less volatile or poorly correlated with the market.
What EIGI's beta value tells investors
Given that it has a beta of 1.23, we can surmise that the Endurance International Group Holdings share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If this beta value holds true in the future, Endurance International Group Holdings shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Endurance International Group Holdings is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
Could EIGI's size cause it to be more volatile?
Endurance International Group Holdings is a small cap stock with a market capitalisation of US$723m. Most companies this size are actively traded. It's not particularly surprising that it has a higher beta than the overall market. That's because it takes less money to influence the share price of a smaller company, than a bigger company.
What this means for you:
Since Endurance International Group Holdings 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. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it's well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Endurance International Group Holdings’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for EIGI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for EIGI’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has EIGI 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 EIGI's historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how EIGI measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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