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Is Evoke Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVOK) A Volatile Stock?

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If you're interested in Evoke Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVOK), 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 other type, which cannot be diversified away, is the volatility of the entire market. Every stock in the market is exposed to this volatility, which is linked to the fact that stocks prices are correlated in an efficient market.

Some stocks are more sensitive to general market forces than others. 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. 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.

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What we can learn from EVOK's beta value

Given that it has a beta of 1.62, we can surmise that the Evoke Pharma share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that Evoke Pharma 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 Evoke Pharma fares in that regard, below.

NasdaqCM:EVOK Income Statement, July 11th 2019

Does EVOK's size influence the expected beta?

With a market capitalisation of US$20m, Evoke Pharma is a very small company by global standards. It is quite likely to be unknown to most investors. It takes less money to influence the share price of a very small company. This may explain the excess volatility implied by this beta value.

What this means for you:

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

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

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