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The Lincoln Educational Services (NASDAQ:LINC) Share Price Is Up 208% And Shareholders Are Boasting About It

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It might be of some concern to shareholders to see the Lincoln Educational Services Corporation (NASDAQ:LINC) share price down 14% in the last month. In contrast, the return over three years has been impressive. Indeed, the share price is up a very strong 208% in that time. After a run like that some may not be surprised to see prices moderate. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price.

View our latest analysis for Lincoln Educational Services

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. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

During three years of share price growth, Lincoln Educational Services moved from a loss to profitability. Given the importance of this milestone, it's not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

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We know that Lincoln Educational Services has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Lincoln Educational Services stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Lincoln Educational Services shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 178% over the last year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 16% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for Lincoln Educational Services that you should be aware of.

We will like Lincoln Educational Services better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

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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