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Unless you borrow money to invest, the potential losses are limited. But if you pick the right business to buy shares in, you can make more than you can lose. For example, the Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCRN) share price has soared 218% in the last 1 year. Most would be very happy with that, especially in just one year! Unfortunately, though, the stock has dropped 5.1% over a week. But note that the broader market is down 2.5% since last week, and this may have impacted Cross Country Healthcare's share price. It is also impressive that the stock is up 126% over three years, adding to the sense that it is a real winner.
So let's assess the underlying fundamentals over the last 1 year and see if they've moved in lock-step with shareholder returns.
To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
Cross Country Healthcare went from making a loss to reporting a profit, in the last year.
When a company has just transitioned to profitability, earnings per share growth is not always the best way to look at the share price action.
We think that the revenue growth of 26% could have some investors interested. Many businesses do go through a phase where they have to forgo some profits to drive business development, and sometimes its for the best.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
We know that Cross Country Healthcare has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Cross Country Healthcare stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that Cross Country Healthcare has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 218% in the last twelve months. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 11%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Cross Country Healthcare better, we need to consider many other factors. Take risks, for example - Cross Country Healthcare has 5 warning signs (and 3 which shouldn't be ignored) we think you should know about.
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.
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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