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Those Who Purchased Contura Energy (NYSE:CTRA) Shares A Year Ago Have A 25% Loss To Show For It

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Investors can approximate the average market return by buying an index fund. But if you buy individual stocks, you can do both better or worse than that. Unfortunately the Contura Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CTRA) share price slid 25% over twelve months. That's well bellow the market return of 1.3%. Contura Energy hasn't been listed for long, so although we're wary of recent listings that perform poorly, it may still prove itself with time. Even worse, it's down 11% in about a month, which isn't fun at all. Importantly, this could be a market reaction to the recently released financial results. You can check out the latest numbers in our company report.

Check out our latest analysis for Contura Energy

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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.

Unfortunately Contura Energy reported an EPS drop of 5.3% for the last year. The share price decline of 25% is actually more than the EPS drop. This suggests the EPS fall has made some shareholders are more nervous about the business. The less favorable sentiment is reflected in its current P/E ratio of 2.78.

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

NYSE:CTRA Past and Future Earnings, June 6th 2019

We know that Contura Energy has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

A Different Perspective

While Contura Energy shareholders are down 25% for the year, the market itself is up 1.3%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. With the stock down 6.9% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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 US exchanges.

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