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How Does Investing In Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche S.p.A. (BIT:DAN) Impact The Volatility Of Your Portfolio?

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If you own shares in Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche S.p.A. (BIT:DAN) 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 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 mimic the volatility of the market quite closely, while others demonstrate muted, exagerrated or uncorrelated price movements. Beta can be a useful tool to understand how much a stock is influenced by market risk (volatility). However, Warren Buffett said 'volatility is far from synonymous with risk' in his 2014 letter to investors. So, while useful, beta is not the only metric to consider. To use beta as an investor, you must first understand that the overall market has a beta of 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.

See our latest analysis for Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche

What we can learn from DAN's beta value

Looking at the last five years, Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche has a beta of 1.31. 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 Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche are likely to rise strongly in times of greed, but sell off in times of fear. Share price volatility is well worth considering, but most long term investors consider the history of revenue and earnings growth to be more important. Take a look at how Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche fares in that regard, below.

BIT:DAN Income Statement, April 2nd 2019

How does DAN's size impact its beta?

Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche is a small company, but not tiny and little known. It has a market capitalisation of €1.2b, which means it would be on the radar of intstitutional 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 Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche 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 DAN is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:

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

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