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Investors Who Bought Detour Gold (TSE:DGC) Shares Three Years Ago Are Now Down 57%

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If you are building a properly diversified stock portfolio, the chances are some of your picks will perform badly. But the last three years have been particularly tough on longer term Detour Gold Corporation (TSE:DGC) shareholders. Unfortunately, they have held through a 57% decline in the share price in that time. It's up 7.5% in the last seven days.

Check out our latest analysis for Detour Gold

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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).

Detour Gold became profitable within the last five years. We would usually expect to see the share price rise as a result. So it's worth looking at other metrics to try to understand the share price move.

We note that, in three years, revenue has actually grown at a 9.3% annual rate, so that doesn't seem to be a reason to sell shares. This analysis is just perfunctory, but it might be worth researching Detour Gold more closely, as sometimes stocks fall unfairly. This could present an opportunity.

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.

TSX:DGC Income Statement, June 1st 2019

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. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Detour Gold will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Detour Gold has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 28% in the last twelve months. That's better than the annualised return of 2.4% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. 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 Detour Gold by clicking this link.

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 CA exchanges.

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