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Volatility 101: Should Broadway Financial (NASDAQ:BYFC) Shares Have Dropped 33%?

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It's nice to see the Broadway Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BYFC) share price up 12% in a week. But that is minimal compensation for the share price under-performance over the last year. In fact the stock is down 33% in the last year, well below the market return.

See our latest analysis for Broadway Financial

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. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

Broadway Financial managed to increase earnings per share from a loss to a profit, over the last 12 months. When a company has just transitioned to profitability, earnings per share growth is not always the best way to look at the share price action. So it makes sense to check out some other factors.

In contrast, the 4.3% drop in revenue is a real concern. If the market sees the weak revenue as jeopardising EPS, that could explain the lower share price.

The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NasdaqCM:BYFC Income Statement, July 1st 2019

Take a more thorough look at Broadway Financial's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Broadway Financial had a tough year, with a total loss of 33%, against a market gain of about 7.6%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 1.6% per year over half a decade. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. Is Broadway Financial cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

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 US exchanges.

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