While it may not be enough for some shareholders, we think it is good to see the Switch, Inc. (NYSE:SWCH) share price up 14% in a single quarter. But that is minimal compensation for the share price under-performance over the last year. In fact the stock is down 45% in the last year, well below the market return.
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. 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).
During the last year Switch saw its earnings per share drop below zero. While this may prove temporary, we’d consider it a negative, so it doesn’t surprise us that the stock price is down. Of course, if the company can turn the situation around, investors will likely profit.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
It’s good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That’s a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Switch’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
While Switch shareholders are down 44% for the year (even including dividends), the market itself is up 1.4%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. It’s great to see a nice little 14% rebound in the last three months. Let’s just hope this isn’t the widely-feared ‘dead cat bounce’ (which would indicate further declines to come). 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.
Switch 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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