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Recent 22% pullback isn't enough to hurt long-term American Realty Investors (NYSE:ARL) shareholders, they're still up 129% over 5 years

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The American Realty Investors, Inc. (NYSE:ARL) share price has had a bad week, falling 22%. But in stark contrast, the returns over the last half decade have impressed. We think most investors would be happy with the 129% return, over that period. To some, the recent pullback wouldn't be surprising after such a fast rise. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price.

While the stock has fallen 22% this week, it's worth focusing on the longer term and seeing if the stocks historical returns have been driven by the underlying fundamentals.

View our latest analysis for American Realty Investors

To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' 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 the last half decade, American Realty Investors became profitable. That kind of transition can be an inflection point that justifies a strong share price gain, just as we have seen here.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on American Realty Investors' earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that American Realty Investors shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 115% over the last year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 18% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand American Realty Investors better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with American Realty Investors (including 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable) .

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.

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