The simplest way to benefit from a rising market is to buy an index fund. But if you buy individual stocks, you can do both better or worse than that. That downside risk was realized by 29Metals Limited (ASX:29M) shareholders over the last year, as the share price declined 15%. That's disappointing when you consider the market declined 4.2%. We wouldn't rush to judgement on 29Metals because we don't have a long term history to look at. It's down 39% in about a quarter.
Given the past week has been tough on shareholders, let's investigate the fundamentals and see what we can learn.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
A Different Perspective
We doubt 29Metals shareholders are happy with the loss of 15% over twelve months. That falls short of the market, which lost 4.2%. There's no doubt that's a disappointment, but the stock may well have fared better in a stronger market. It's worth noting that the last three months did the real damage, with a 39% decline. This probably signals that the business has recently disappointed shareholders - it will take time to win them back. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand 29Metals better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we've identified 2 warning signs for 29Metals (1 shouldn't be ignored) that you should be aware of.
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Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on AU exchanges.
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