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Senseonics Holdings, Inc. (NYSEMKT:SENS): What Does Its Beta Value Mean For Your Portfolio?

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If you're interested in Senseonics Holdings, Inc. (NYSEMKT:SENS), 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 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 are more sensitive to general market forces than others. 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.

See our latest analysis for Senseonics Holdings

What SENS's beta value tells investors

Zooming in on Senseonics Holdings, we see it has a five year beta of 0.86. This is below 1, so historically its share price has been rather independent from the market. This means that -- if history is a guide -- buying the stock would reduce the impact of overall market volatility in many portfolios (depending on the beta of the portfolio, of course). 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 Senseonics Holdings's revenue and earnings in the image below.

AMEX:SENS Income Statement, December 12th 2019

How does SENS's size impact its beta?

Senseonics Holdings is a rather small company. It has a market capitalisation of US$201m, which means it is probably under the radar of 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:

One potential advantage of owning low beta stocks like Senseonics Holdings is that your overall portfolio won't be too sensitive to overall market movements. However, this can be a blessing or a curse, depending on what's happening in the broader market. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it's well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Senseonics Holdings’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 SENS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SENS’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has SENS 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 SENS's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how SENS measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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