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How Plymouth Industrial REIT, Inc. (NYSEMKT:PLYM) Can Impact Your Portfolio Volatility

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If you're interested in Plymouth Industrial REIT, Inc. (NYSEMKT:PLYM), then you might want to consider its beta (a measure of share price volatility) in order to understand how the stock could impact your portfolio. 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 type is company specific volatility. Investors use diversification across uncorrelated stocks to reduce this kind of price volatility across the portfolio. The second sort is caused by the natural volatility of markets, overall. For example, certain macroeconomic events will impact (virtually) all stocks on the market.

Some stocks mimic the volatility of the market quite closely, while others demonstrate muted, exagerrated or uncorrelated price movements. Some investors use beta as a measure of how much a certain stock is impacted by market risk (volatility). While we should keep in mind that Warren Buffett has cautioned that 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk', beta is still a useful factor to consider. To make good use of it you must first know that the beta of the overall market is one. Any stock with a beta of greater than one is considered more volatile than the market, while those with a beta below one are either less volatile or poorly correlated with the market.

Check out our latest analysis for Plymouth Industrial REIT

What does PLYM's beta value mean to investors?

Given that it has a beta of 0.87, we can surmise that the Plymouth Industrial REIT share price has not been strongly impacted by broader market volatility (over the last 5 years). If history is a good guide, owning the stock should help ensure that your portfolio is not overly sensitive to market volatility. Many would argue that beta is useful in position sizing, but fundamental metrics such as revenue and earnings are more important overall. You can see Plymouth Industrial REIT's revenue and earnings in the image below.

AMEX:PLYM Income Statement, June 22nd 2019

Could PLYM's size cause it to be more volatile?

With a market capitalisation of US$175m, Plymouth Industrial REIT is a very small company by global standards. It is quite likely to be unknown to most investors. Very small companies often have a low beta value because their share prices are not well correlated with market volatility. This could be because the price is reacting to company specific events. Alternatively, the shares may not be actively traded.

What this means for you:

Since Plymouth Industrial REIT is not heavily influenced by market moves, its share price is probably far more dependend on company specific developments. It could pay to take a closer look at metrics such as revenue growth, earnings growth, and debt. In order to fully understand whether PLYM is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Plymouth Industrial REIT’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 PLYM’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for PLYM’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has PLYM 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 PLYM's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how PLYM measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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