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Imagine Owning Dynavax Technologies (NASDAQ:DVAX) And Trying To Stomach The 73% Share Price Drop

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We're definitely into long term investing, but some companies are simply bad investments over any time frame. We really hate to see fellow investors lose their hard-earned money. Anyone who held Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 73% in that time. And we doubt long term believers are the only worried holders, since the stock price has declined 62% over the last twelve months. Even worse, it's down 8.3% in about a month, which isn't fun at all.

See our latest analysis for Dynavax Technologies

Given that Dynavax Technologies didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. That's because it's hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.

Over half a decade Dynavax Technologies reduced its trailing twelve month revenue by 0.5% for each year. That's not what investors generally want to see. If a business loses money, you want it to grow, so no surprises that the share price has dropped 23% each year in that time. It takes a certain kind of mental fortitude (or recklessness) to buy shares in a company that loses money and doesn't grow revenue. Fear of becoming a 'bagholder' may be keeping people away from this stock.

You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

NasdaqCM:DVAX Income Statement, October 15th 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. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Dynavax Technologies

A Different Perspective

Investors in Dynavax Technologies had a tough year, with a total loss of 62%, against a market gain of about 8.3%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 23% over the last half decade. 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.

If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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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