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How Isagro S.p.A. (BIT:ISG) Can Impact Your Portfolio Volatility

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If you own shares in Isagro S.p.A. (BIT:ISG) then it's worth thinking about how it contributes to the volatility of your portfolio, overall. In finance, Beta is a measure of volatility. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. First, we have company specific volatility, which is the price gyrations of an individual stock. Holding at least 8 stocks can reduce this kind of risk across a portfolio. The second sort is caused by the natural volatility of markets, overall. For example, certain macroeconomic events will impact (virtually) all stocks on the market.

Some stocks are more sensitive to general market forces than others. Some investors use beta as a measure of how much a certain stock is impacted by market risk (volatility). While we should keep in mind that Warren Buffett has cautioned that 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk', beta is still a useful factor to consider. To make good use of it you must first know that the beta of the overall market is one. Any stock with a beta of greater than one is considered more volatile than the market, while those with a beta below one are either less volatile or poorly correlated with the market.

See our latest analysis for Isagro

What we can learn from ISG's beta value

Zooming in on Isagro, we see it has a five year beta of 1.42. This is above 1, so historically its share price has been influenced by the broader volatility of the stock market. If this beta value holds true in the future, Isagro shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Isagro is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

BIT:ISG Income Statement, September 18th 2019

Could ISG's size cause it to be more volatile?

Isagro is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of €45m. Most companies this size are not always actively traded. Relatively few investors can influence the price of a smaller company, compared to a large company. This could explain the high beta value, in this case.

What this means for you:

Since Isagro tends to moves up when the market is going up, and down when it's going down, potential investors may wish to reflect on the overall market, when considering the stock. In order to fully understand whether ISG is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Isagro’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ISG’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ISG’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has ISG been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of ISG's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how ISG measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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