There's no doubt that investing in the stock market is a truly brilliant way to build wealth. But if when you choose to buy stocks, some of them will be below average performers. For example, the Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT), share price is up over the last year, but its gain of 10% trails the market return. In contrast, the longer term returns are negative, since the share price is 1.9% lower than it was three years ago.
While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
During the last year Federal Realty Investment Trust grew its earnings per share (EPS) by 7.9%. The share price gain of 10% certainly outpaced the EPS growth. This indicates that the market is now more optimistic about the stock.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
This free interactive report on Federal Realty Investment Trust's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
What About Dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. As it happens, Federal Realty Investment Trust's TSR for the last year was 14%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
Federal Realty Investment Trust provided a TSR of 14% over the year (including dividends) . That's fairly close to the broader market return. That gain looks pretty satisfying, and it is even better than the five-year TSR of 3.4% per year. Even if the share price growth slows down from here, there's a good chance that this is business worth watching in the long term. Importantly, we haven't analysed Federal Realty Investment Trust's dividend history. This free visual report on its dividends is a must-read if you're thinking of buying.
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Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.
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