Anyone researching NexJ Systems Inc. (TSE:NXJ) 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 second type is the broader market volatility, which you cannot diversify away, since it arises from macroeconomic factors which directly affects all the stocks on the market.
Some stocks mimic the volatility of the market quite closely, while others demonstrate muted, exagerrated or uncorrelated price movements. 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.
What NXJ's beta value tells investors
Given that it has a beta of 1.6, we can surmise that the NexJ Systems share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). Based on this history, investors should be aware that NexJ Systems are likely to rise strongly in times of greed, but sell off in times of fear. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether NexJ Systems is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
How does NXJ's size impact its beta?
NexJ Systems is a rather small company. It has a market capitalisation of CA$16m, which means it is probably under the radar of most investors. It has a relatively high beta, suggesting it is fairly actively traded for a company of its size. Because it takes less capital to move the share price of a small company like this, when a stock this size is actively traded it is quite often more sensitive to market volatility than similar large companies.
What this means for you:
Since NexJ Systems 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 NXJ is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as NexJ Systems’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:
- Financial Health: Are NXJ’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.
- Past Track Record: Has NXJ 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 NXJ's historicals for more clarity.
- 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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