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If You Had Bought CymaBay Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CBAY) Stock Three Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 703% Gain Today

Simply Wall St

Generally speaking, investors are inspired to be stock pickers by the potential to find the big winners. Mistakes are inevitable, but a single top stock pick can cover any losses, and so much more. One bright shining star stock has been CymaBay Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBAY), which is 703% higher than three years ago. On top of that, the share price is up 37% in about a quarter.

Anyone who held for that rewarding ride would probably be keen to talk about it.

View our latest analysis for CymaBay Therapeutics

Given that CymaBay Therapeutics didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That's because it's hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.


You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).

NasdaqGS:CBAY Income Statement, April 12th 2019

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. You can see what analysts are predicting for CymaBay Therapeutics in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.

A Different Perspective

CymaBay Therapeutics shareholders are down 3.0% for the year, but the market itself is up 9.9%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 13%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. It is all well and good that insiders have been buying shares, but we suggest you check here to see what price insiders were buying at.

CymaBay Therapeutics is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with 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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