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Does Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NYSE:SSD) Have A Volatile Share Price?

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If you own shares in Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NYSE:SSD) 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 type is company specific volatility. Investors use diversification across uncorrelated stocks to reduce this kind of price volatility across the portfolio. 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 see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated 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 greater than one is more sensitive to broader market movements than a stock with a beta of less than one.

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What SSD's beta value tells investors

Zooming in on Simpson Manufacturing, we see it has a five year beta of 1.37. 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, Simpson Manufacturing shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Simpson Manufacturing is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NYSE:SSD Income Statement, December 13th 2019

Does SSD's size influence the expected beta?

Simpson Manufacturing is a fairly large company. It has a market capitalisation of US$3.5b, which means it is probably on the radar of most investors. 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 Simpson Manufacturing 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 Simpson Manufacturing’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 SSD’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SSD’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has SSD 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 SSD's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how SSD measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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