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Taking the occasional loss comes part and parcel with investing on the stock market. And unfortunately for CLPS Incorporation (NASDAQ:CLPS) shareholders, the stock is a lot lower today than it was a year ago. In that relatively short period, the share price has plunged 62%. CLPS Incorporation may have better days ahead, of course; we've only looked at a one year period. Furthermore, it's down 40% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
During the last year CLPS Incorporation saw its earnings per share drop below zero. Some investors no doubt dumped the stock as a result. We hope for shareholders' sake that the company becomes profitable again soon.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
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. This free interactive report on CLPS Incorporation's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
While CLPS Incorporation shareholders are down 62% for the year, the market itself is up 4.6%. While the aim is to do better than that, it's worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. With the stock down 40% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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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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