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Volatility 101: Should Goldmoney (TSE:XAU) Shares Have Dropped 44%?

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It is a pleasure to report that the Goldmoney Inc. (TSE:XAU) is up 53% in the last quarter. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last three years have been less than pleasing. After all, the share price is down 44% in the last three years, significantly under-performing the market.

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There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect 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).

During five years of share price growth, Goldmoney moved from a loss to profitability. That would generally be considered a positive, so we are surprised to see the share price is down. So given the share price is down it's worth checking some other metrics too.

Revenue is actually up 23% over the three years, so the share price drop doesn't seem to hinge on revenue, either. It's probably worht worth investigating Goldmoney further; while we may be missing something on this analysis, there might also be an opportunity.

Depicted in the graphic below, you'll see revenue and earnings over time. If you want more detail, you can click on the chart itself.

TSX:XAU Income Statement, April 24th 2019

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. If you are thinking of buying or selling Goldmoney stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

The last twelve months weren't great for Goldmoney shares, which cost holders 30%, while the market was up about 7.8%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Shareholders have lost 18% per year over the last three years, so the share price drop has become steeper, over the last year; a potential symptom of as yet unsolved challenges. We would be wary of buying into a company with unsolved problems, although some investors will buy into struggling stocks if they believe the price is sufficiently attractive. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of Goldmoney by clicking this link.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CA exchanges.

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