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How Does Organovo Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONVO) Affect Your Portfolio Volatility?

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If you're interested in Organovo Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONVO), 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. 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 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.

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What we can learn from ONVO's beta value

Zooming in on Organovo Holdings, we see it has a five year beta of 1.95. This is above 1, so historically its share price has been influenced by the broader volatility of the stock market. If this beta value holds true in the future, Organovo 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. Many would argue that beta is useful in position sizing, but fundamental metrics such as revenue and earnings are more important overall. You can see Organovo Holdings's revenue and earnings in the image below.

NasdaqGM:ONVO Income Statement, September 11th 2019

Does ONVO's size influence the expected beta?

Organovo Holdings is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of US$37m. Most companies this size are not always actively traded. It takes less money to influence the share price of a very small company. This may explain the excess volatility implied by this beta value.

What this means for you:

Since Organovo 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. In order to fully understand whether ONVO is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Organovo Holdings’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 ONVO’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ONVO’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has ONVO 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 ONVO's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how ONVO measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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