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The HC2 Holdings (NYSE:HCHC) Share Price Is Down 52% So Some Shareholders Are Wishing They Sold

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HC2 Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HCHC) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 28% in the last month. But that's small comfort given the dismal price performance over the last year. Specifically, the stock price slipped by 52% in that time. So the bounce should be viewed in that context. It may be that the fall was an overreaction.

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View our latest analysis for HC2 Holdings

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. 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.

HC2 Holdings managed to increase earnings per share from a loss to a profit, over the last 12 months. We're surprised that the share price is lower given that improvement. If the company can sustain the earnings growth, this might be an inflection point for the business, which would make right now a really interesting time to study it more closely.

The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NYSE:HCHC Past and Future Earnings, May 16th 2019

It's good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That's a positive. On the other hand, we think the revenue and earnings trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of HC2 Holdings's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

HC2 Holdings shareholders are down 52% for the year, but the market itself is up 5.2%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 6.2% per year over five years. 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.

HC2 Holdings is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

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