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If You Had Bought Flexion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:FLXN) Stock A Year Ago, You'd Be Sitting On A 56% Loss, Today

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Flexion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLXN) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 12% in the last month. But that's small comfort given the dismal price performance over the last year. Specifically, the stock price slipped by 56% in that time. It's not that amazing to see a bounce after a drop like that. You could argue that the sell-off was too severe.

See our latest analysis for Flexion Therapeutics

Flexion Therapeutics isn't a profitable company, so it is unlikely we'll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

Flexion Therapeutics grew its revenue by 1112% over the last year. That's well above most other pre-profit companies. Meanwhile, the share price slid 56%. Typically a growth stock like this will be volatile, with some shareholders concerned about the red ink on the bottom line (that is, the losses). We'd definitely consider it a positive if the company is trending towards profitability. If you can see that happening, then perhaps consider adding this stock to your watchlist.

The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.

NasdaqGM:FLXN Income Statement, May 30th 2019

It's good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That's a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

A Different Perspective

Flexion Therapeutics shareholders are down 56% for the year, but the market itself is up 3.7%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 0.9% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. 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.

Flexion 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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