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Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENTA): What Does Its Beta Value Mean For Your Portfolio?

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Anyone researching Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENTA) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility as falling into two main categories. The first category is company specific volatility. This can be dealt with by limiting your exposure to any particular stock. 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. 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.

View our latest analysis for Enanta Pharmaceuticals

What ENTA's beta value tells investors

With a beta of 0.98, (which is quite close to 1) the share price of Enanta Pharmaceuticals has historically been about as voltile as the broader market. While history does not always repeat, this may indicate that the stock price will continue to be exposed to market risk, albeit not overly so. 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 Enanta Pharmaceuticals fares in that regard, below.

NasdaqGS:ENTA Income Statement, August 13th 2019

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

With a market capitalisation of US$1.4b, Enanta Pharmaceuticals is a small cap stock. However, it is big enough to catch the attention of professional investors. Small companies often have a high beta value because the stock price can move on relatively low capital flows. So it's interesting to note that this stock historically has a beta value quite close to one.

What this means for you:

It is probable that there is a link between the share price of Enanta Pharmaceuticals and the broader market, since it has a beta value quite close to one. However, long term investors are generally well served by looking past market volatility and focussing on the underlying development of the business. If that's your game, metrics such as revenue, earnings and cash flow will be more useful. In order to fully understand whether ENTA is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Enanta Pharmaceuticals’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ENTA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ENTA’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has ENTA 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 ENTA's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how ENTA measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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