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If You Had Bought Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS) Shares Three Years Ago You'd Have Made 107%

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The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. To wit, the Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:IONS) share price has flown 107% in the last three years. Most would be happy with that. In the last week shares have slid back 3.1%.

View our latest analysis for Ionis Pharmaceuticals

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

During three years of share price growth, Ionis Pharmaceuticals moved from a loss to profitability. That kind of transition can be an inflection point that justifies a strong share price gain, just as we have seen here.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

NasdaqGS:IONS Past and Future Earnings, September 5th 2019

It is of course excellent to see how Ionis Pharmaceuticals has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. This free interactive report on Ionis Pharmaceuticals's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Ionis Pharmaceuticals has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 38% in the last twelve months. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 9.4% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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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