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Does The Sunpower Group Ltd. (SGX:5GD) Share Price Tend To Follow The Market?

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Anyone researching Sunpower Group Ltd. (SGX:5GD) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. 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 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 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.

Check out our latest analysis for Sunpower Group

What does 5GD's beta value mean to investors?

Looking at the last five years, Sunpower Group has a beta of 1.79. The fact that this is well above 1 indicates that its share price movements have shown sensitivity to overall market volatility. If the past is any guide, we would expect that Sunpower Group shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Sunpower Group is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

SGX:5GD Income Statement, September 16th 2019

Does 5GD's size influence the expected beta?

With a market capitalisation of S$361m, Sunpower Group is a very small company by global standards. It is quite likely to be unknown to most investors. Relatively few investors can influence the price of a smaller company, compared to a large company. This could explain the high beta value, in this case.

What this means for you:

Since Sunpower 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 Sunpower 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 5GD’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 5GD’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has 5GD 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 5GD's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how 5GD measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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