If you're interested in eprint Group Limited (HKG:1884), 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. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. 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 second type is the broader market volatility, which you cannot diversify away, since it arises from macroeconomic factors which directly affects all the stocks on the market.
Some stocks are more sensitive to general market forces than others. 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 1884's beta value tells investors
Given that it has a beta of 1.28, we can surmise that the eprint Group share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that eprint Group shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether eprint Group is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
Could 1884's size cause it to be more volatile?
eprint Group is a rather small company. It has a market capitalisation of HK$171m, which means it is probably under the radar of most investors. It has a relatively high beta, suggesting it is fairly actively traded for a company of its size. Because it takes less capital to move the share price of a small company like this, when a stock this size is actively traded it is quite often more sensitive to market volatility than similar large companies.
What this means for you:
Since eprint Group 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 1884 is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as eprint Group’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 1884’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 1884’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has 1884 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 1884's historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how 1884 measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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