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Is Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:HOLI) A Volatile Stock?

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If you're interested in Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:HOLI), then you might want to consider its beta (a measure of share price volatility) in order to understand how the stock could impact your portfolio. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. First, we have company specific volatility, which is the price gyrations of an individual stock. Holding at least 8 stocks can reduce this kind of risk across a portfolio. The second type is the broader market volatility, which you cannot diversify away, since it arises from macroeconomic factors which directly affects all the stocks on the market.

Some stocks see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. Some investors use beta as a measure of how much a certain stock is impacted by market risk (volatility). While we should keep in mind that Warren Buffett has cautioned that 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk', beta is still a useful factor to consider. To make good use of it you must first know that the beta of the overall market is one. A stock with a beta greater than one is more sensitive to broader market movements than a stock with a beta of less than one.

View our latest analysis for Hollysys Automation Technologies

What HOLI's beta value tells investors

Zooming in on Hollysys Automation Technologies, we see it has a five year beta of 1.42. This is above 1, so historically its share price has been influenced by the broader volatility of the stock market. If the past is any guide, we would expect that Hollysys Automation Technologies shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Hollysys Automation Technologies is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NasdaqGS:HOLI Income Statement, April 1st 2019

Does HOLI's size influence the expected beta?

Hollysys Automation Technologies is a small cap stock with a market capitalisation of US$1.3b. Most companies this size are actively traded. It's not particularly surprising that it has a higher beta than the overall market. That's because it takes less money to influence the share price of a smaller company, than a bigger company.

What this means for you:

Since Hollysys Automation Technologies tends to moves up when the market is going up, and down when it's going down, potential investors may wish to reflect on the overall market, when considering the stock. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it's well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Hollysys Automation Technologies’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HOLI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HOLI’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has HOLI been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of HOLI's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how HOLI measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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