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Does Market Volatility Impact Nexstar Media Group, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:NXST) Share Price?

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If you're interested in Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXST), 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 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 are more sensitive to general market forces than others. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for Nexstar Media Group

What we can learn from NXST's beta value

Given that it has a beta of 1.57, we can surmise that the Nexstar Media Group share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). Based on this history, investors should be aware that Nexstar Media Group 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 Nexstar Media Group is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NasdaqGS:NXST Income Statement, June 2nd 2019

How does NXST's size impact its beta?

Nexstar Media Group is a reasonably big company, with a market capitalisation of US$4.6b. Most companies this size are actively traded with decent volumes of shares changing hands each day. It has a relatively high beta, suggesting it may be somehow leveraged to macroeconomic conditions. For example, it might be a high growth stock with lots of investors trading the shares. It's notable when large companies to have high beta values, because it usually takes substantial capital flows to move their share prices.

What this means for you:

Since Nexstar Media Group has a reasonably high beta, it's worth considering why it is so heavily influenced by broader market sentiment. For example, it might be a high growth stock or have a lot of operating leverage in its business model. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it's well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Nexstar Media Group’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 NXST’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for NXST’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has NXST 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 NXST's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how NXST measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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