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Diversification is a key tool for dealing with stock price volatility. But the goal is to pick stocks that do better than average. SciPlay Corporation (NASDAQ:SCPL) has done well over the last year, with the stock price up 12% beating the market return of 12% (not including dividends). We'll need to follow SciPlay for a while to get a better sense of its share price trend, since it hasn't been listed for particularly long.
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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.
During the last year SciPlay grew its earnings per share (EPS) by 13%. This EPS growth is reasonably close to the 12% increase in the share price. This makes us think the market hasn't really changed its sentiment around the company, in the last year. We don't think its coincidental that the share price is growing at a similar rate to the earnings per share.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on SciPlay's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
SciPlay shareholders have gained 12% for the year. While it's always nice to make a profit on the stock market, we do note that the TSR was no better than the broader market return of about 15%. We regret to inform any shareholders that the share price dropped another 2.6% in the last three months. It's possible that this is just a short term share price setback. If the business executes and delivers key metric growth, it could definitely be worth putting on your watchlist. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for SciPlay that you should be aware of before investing here.
SciPlay is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.
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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