Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 15% in the last month. But in three years the returns have been great. In three years the stock price has launched 148% higher: a great result. So the recent fall in the share price should be viewed in that context. If the business can perform well for years to come, then the recent drop could be an opportunity.
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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…’ 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).
Sterling Construction Company became profitable within the last three years. Given the importance of this milestone, it’s not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
It is of course excellent to see how Sterling Construction Company has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. This free interactive report on Sterling Construction Company’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that Sterling Construction Company has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 13% in the last twelve months. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 7.5% 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. If you would like to research Sterling Construction Company in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
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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