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The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But one can do better than that by picking better than average stocks (as part of a diversified portfolio). To wit, the BrightSphere Investment Group Inc. (NYSE:BSIG) share price is 89% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around 43% (not including dividends) in the same period. So that should have shareholders smiling. Looking back further, the stock price is 63% higher than it was three years ago.
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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).
BrightSphere Investment Group was able to grow EPS by 63% in the last twelve months. This EPS growth is significantly lower than the 89% increase in the share price. This indicates that the market is now more optimistic about the stock.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
It's probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of BrightSphere Investment Group's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that BrightSphere Investment Group shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 90% over the last year. That's including the dividend. That's better than the annualised return of 15% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for BrightSphere Investment Group you should be aware of, and 1 of them can't be ignored.
We will like BrightSphere Investment Group better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
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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