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Kirkland's' (NASDAQ:KIRK) investors will be pleased with their impressive 168% return over the last year

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Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ:KIRK) shareholders might understandably be very concerned that the share price has dropped 34% in the last quarter. Despite this, the stock is a strong performer over the last year, no doubt about that. During that period, the share price soared a full 168%. So it may be that the share price is simply cooling off after a strong rise. More important, going forward, is how the business itself is going.

With that in mind, it's worth seeing if the company's underlying fundamentals have been the driver of long term performance, or if there are some discrepancies.

View our latest analysis for Kirkland's

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).

Kirkland's went from making a loss to reporting a profit, in the last year.

We think the growth looks very prospective, so we're not surprised the market liked it too. Generally speaking the profitability inflection point is a great time to research a company closely, lest you miss an opportunity to profit.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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It is of course excellent to see how Kirkland's has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. This free interactive report on Kirkland's' balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Kirkland's has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 168% in the last twelve months. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 5%. 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. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Even so, be aware that Kirkland's is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...

But note: Kirkland's may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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