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Imagine Owning Donnelley Financial Solutions (NYSE:DFIN) And Wondering If The 12% Share Price Slide Is Justified

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Passive investing in an index fund is a good way to ensure your own returns roughly match the overall market. While individual stocks can be big winners, plenty more fail to generate satisfactory returns. That downside risk was realized by Donnelley Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:DFIN) shareholders over the last year, as the share price declined 12%. That contrasts poorly with the market return of 9.9%. Donnelley Financial Solutions hasn't been listed for long, so although we're wary of recent listings that perform poorly, it may still prove itself with time. There was little comfort for shareholders in the last week as the price declined a further 2.9%.

See our latest analysis for Donnelley Financial Solutions

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

Donnelley Financial Solutions stole the show with its EPS rocketing, in the last year. We don't think the growth guide to the sustainable growth rate in this case, but we do think this sort of increase is impressive. So we are surprised the share price is down. Some different data might shed some more light on the situation.

In contrast, the 4.2% drop in revenue is a real concern. Many investors see falling revenue as a likely precursor to lower earnings, so this could well explain the weak share price.

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.

NYSE:DFIN Income Statement, April 12th 2019

We know that Donnelley Financial Solutions has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Donnelley Financial Solutions

A Different Perspective

Given that the market gained 9.9% in the last year, Donnelley Financial Solutions shareholders might be miffed that they lost 12%. While the aim is to do better than that, it's worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 2.3%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how Donnelley Financial Solutions scores on these 3 valuation metrics.

We will like Donnelley Financial Solutions better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, 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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