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Does Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Group Company Limited (HKG:1385) Have A Particularly Volatile Share Price?

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If you're interested in Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Group Company Limited (HKG:1385), 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. Some investors use beta as a measure of how much a certain stock is impacted by market risk (volatility). While we should keep in mind that Warren Buffett has cautioned that 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk', beta is still a useful factor to consider. To make good use of it you must first know 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.

View our latest analysis for Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Group

What 1385's beta value tells investors

Given that it has a beta of 1.34, we can surmise that the Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics 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 Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Group shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. 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 Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Group fares in that regard, below.

SEHK:1385 Income Statement, September 20th 2019

Could 1385's size cause it to be more volatile?

Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Group is a small cap stock with a market capitalisation of HK$6.0b. Most companies this size are actively traded. It's not particularly surprising that it has a higher beta than the overall market. That's because it takes less money to influence the share price of a smaller company, than a bigger company.

What this means for you:

Since Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics 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. In order to fully understand whether 1385 is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics 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 1385’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 1385’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has 1385 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 1385's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how 1385 measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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