Passive investing in an index fund is a good way to ensure your own returns roughly match the overall market. But if you buy individual stocks, you can do both better or worse than that. For example, the Vente-Unique.com SA (EPA:ALVU) share price is down 46% in the last year. That contrasts poorly with the market return of 14%. We wouldn't rush to judgement on Vente-Unique.com because we don't have a long term history to look at. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 16% in the last 90 days.
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
Unfortunately Vente-Unique.com reported an EPS drop of 38% for the last year. This proportional reduction in earnings per share isn't far from the 46% decrease in the share price. So it seems that the market sentiment has not changed much, despite the weak results. Instead, the change in the share price seems to reduction in earnings per share, alone.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
Dive deeper into Vente-Unique.com's key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Vente-Unique.com's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
While Vente-Unique.com shareholders are down 44% for the year (even including dividends) , the market itself is up 14%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 16%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. Keeping this in mind, a solid next step might be to take a look at Vente-Unique.com's dividend track record. This free interactive graph is a great place to start.
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on FR exchanges.
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