By buying an index fund, investors can approximate the average market return. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. Just take a look at UFP Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPT), which is up 56%, over three years, soundly beating the market return of 38% (not including dividends). On the other hand, the returns haven’t been quite so good recently, with shareholders up just 13%.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just 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).
UFP Technologies was able to grow its EPS at 22% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. This EPS growth is higher than the 16% average annual increase in the share price. So one could reasonably conclude that the market has cooled on the stock.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
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A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that UFP Technologies has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 13% in the last twelve months. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 5.6%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.
But note: UFP Technologies may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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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