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MGP Ingredients, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGPI): What Does Its Beta Value Mean For Your Portfolio?

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Anyone researching MGP Ingredients, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGPI) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility as falling into two main categories. The first category is company specific volatility. This can be dealt with by limiting your exposure to any particular stock. The other type, which cannot be diversified away, is the volatility of the entire market. Every stock in the market is exposed to this volatility, which is linked to the fact that stocks prices are correlated in an efficient market.

Some stocks are more sensitive to general market forces than others. Beta is a widely used metric to measure a stock's exposure to market risk (volatility). Before we go on, it's worth noting that Warren Buffett pointed out in his 2014 letter to shareholders that 'volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' Having said that, beta can still be rather useful. The first thing to understand about beta is that the beta of the overall market is one. A stock with a beta greater than one is more sensitive to broader market movements than a stock with a beta of less than one.

See our latest analysis for MGP Ingredients

What MGPI's beta value tells investors

Looking at the last five years, MGP Ingredients has a beta of 1.54. The fact that this is well above 1 indicates that its share price movements have shown sensitivity to overall market volatility. If the past is any guide, we would expect that MGP Ingredients shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether MGP Ingredients is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NasdaqGS:MGPI Income Statement, April 22nd 2019

Does MGPI's size influence the expected beta?

MGP Ingredients is a small company, but not tiny and little known. It has a market capitalisation of US$1.5b, which means it would be on the radar of intstitutional investors. It's not particularly surprising that it has a higher beta than the overall market. That's because it takes less money to influence the share price of a smaller company, than a bigger company.

What this means for you:

Since MGP Ingredients 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 MGPI is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as MGP Ingredients’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 MGPI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MGPI’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has MGPI 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 MGPI's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how MGPI measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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