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Does Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. (NYSE:REXR) Have A High Beta?

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If you're interested in Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. (NYSE:REXR), 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. 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 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.

View our latest analysis for Rexford Industrial Realty

What does REXR's beta value mean to investors?

Given that it has a beta of 0.89, we can surmise that the Rexford Industrial Realty share price has not been strongly impacted by broader market volatility (over the last 5 years). This suggests that including it in your portfolio will reduce volatility arising from broader market movements, assuming your portfolio's weighted average beta is higher than 0.89. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Rexford Industrial Realty is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NYSE:REXR Income Statement, April 11th 2019

How does REXR's size impact its beta?

Rexford Industrial Realty is a fairly large company. It has a market capitalisation of US$3.6b, which means it is probably on the radar of most investors. When large companies like this one have a low beta value, there is usually some other factor that is having an outsized impact on the share price. For example, a business with significant fixed regulated assets might earn a reasonably predictable return, regardless of broader macroeconomic factors. Alternatively, lumpy earnings might mean minimal share price correlation with the broader market.

What this means for you:

The Rexford Industrial Realty doesn't usually show much sensitivity to the broader market. This could be for a variety of reasons. Typically, smaller companies have a low beta if their share price tends to move a lot due to company specific developments. Alternatively, an strong dividend payer might move less than the market because investors are valuing it for its income stream. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it's well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Rexford Industrial Realty’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 REXR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for REXR’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has REXR 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 REXR's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how REXR measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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