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If You Had Bought Arrow Electronics (NYSE:ARW) Stock Five Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 31% Gain Today

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If you buy and hold a stock for many years, you'd hope to be making a profit. Furthermore, you'd generally like to see the share price rise faster than the market But Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) has fallen short of that second goal, with a share price rise of 31% over five years, which is below the market return. The last year has been disappointing, with the stock price down 3.0% in that time.

See our latest analysis for Arrow Electronics

To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' 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).

Over half a decade, Arrow Electronics managed to grow its earnings per share at 1.5% a year. We note, however, that extraordinary items have impacted earnings. This EPS growth is slower than the share price growth of 5.5% per year, over the same period. So it's fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it did five years ago. And that's hardly shocking given the track record of growth.

The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NYSE:ARW Past and Future Earnings, September 20th 2019

It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Arrow Electronics's earnings, revenue and cash flow.


A Different Perspective

Arrow Electronics shareholders are down 3.0% for the year, but the market itself is up 3.4%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 5.5% per year over half a decade. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. Before spending more time on Arrow Electronics it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

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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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