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Can You Imagine How Elated eHealth's (NASDAQ:EHTH) Shareholders Feel About Its 326% Share Price Gain?

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Generally speaking, investors are inspired to be stock pickers by the potential to find the big winners. Not every pick can be a winner, but when you pick the right stock, you can win big. One such superstar is eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:EHTH), which saw its share price soar 326% in three years. In more good news, the share price has risen 2.9% in thirty days. This could be related to the recent financial results that were recently released - you could check the most recent data by reading our company report.

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Check out our latest analysis for eHealth

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.

Over the last three years, eHealth failed to grow earnings per share, which fell 41% (annualized). This was, in part, due to extraordinary items impacting earning in the last twelve months. So we doubt that the market is looking to EPS for its main judge of the company's value. Given this situation, it makes sense to look at other metrics too.

It may well be that eHealth revenue growth rate of 8.1% over three years has convinced shareholders to believe in a brighter future. In that case, the company may be sacrificing current earnings per share to drive growth, and maybe shareholder's faith in better days ahead will be rewarded.

Depicted in the graphic below, you'll see revenue and earnings over time. If you want more detail, you can click on the chart itself.

NasdaqGS:EHTH Income Statement, May 21st 2019

It's probably worth noting we've seen significant insider buying in the last quarter, which we consider a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think eHealth will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that eHealth shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 200% over the last year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 11% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of eHealth by clicking this link.

eHealth 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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