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What You Must Know About Coffee Holding Co., Inc.'s (NASDAQ:JVA) Beta Value

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Anyone researching Coffee Holding Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:JVA) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. The first type is company specific volatility. Investors use diversification across uncorrelated stocks to reduce this kind of price volatility across the portfolio. 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 see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. Beta can be a useful tool to understand how much a stock is influenced by market risk (volatility). However, Warren Buffett said 'volatility is far from synonymous with risk' in his 2014 letter to investors. So, while useful, beta is not the only metric to consider. To use beta as an investor, you must first understand that the overall market has a beta of 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 Coffee Holding

What JVA's beta value tells investors

Given that it has a beta of 1.83, we can surmise that the Coffee Holding share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that Coffee Holding shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Share price volatility is well worth considering, but most long term investors consider the history of revenue and earnings growth to be more important. Take a look at how Coffee Holding fares in that regard, below.

NasdaqCM:JVA Income Statement May 25th 2020
NasdaqCM:JVA Income Statement May 25th 2020

How does JVA's size impact its beta?

Coffee Holding is a rather small company. It has a market capitalisation of US$16m, which means it is probably under the radar of most investors. It takes less money to influence the share price of a very small company. This may explain the excess volatility implied by this beta value.

What this means for you:

Since Coffee Holding tends to move 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. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it's well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Coffee Holding’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:

  1. Financial Health: Are JVA’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.

  2. Past Track Record: Has JVA 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 JVA's historicals for more clarity.

  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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