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Anyone researching Trio-Tech International (NYSEMKT:TRT) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. 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 see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. Beta is a widely used metric to measure a stock's exposure to market risk (volatility). Before we go on, it's worth noting that Warren Buffett pointed out in his 2014 letter to shareholders that 'volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' Having said that, beta can still be rather useful. The first thing to understand about beta is that the beta of the overall market is one. A stock with a beta greater than one is more sensitive to broader market movements than a stock with a beta of less than one.
What does TRT's beta value mean to investors?
Given that it has a beta of 1.47, we can surmise that the Trio-Tech International share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that Trio-Tech International shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Trio-Tech International is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
Could TRT's size cause it to be more volatile?
Trio-Tech International is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of US$11m. Most companies this size are not always actively traded. It takes less money to influence the share price of a very small company. This may explain the excess volatility implied by this beta value.
What this means for you:
Since Trio-Tech International tends to moves up when the market is going up, and down when it's going down, potential investors may wish to reflect on the overall market, when considering the stock. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it's well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Trio-Tech International’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for TRT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for TRT’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has TRT 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 TRT's historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how TRT measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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