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Volatility 101: Should Minerals Technologies (NYSE:MTX) Shares Have Dropped 15%?

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Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MTX) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 15% in the last quarter. But that is minimal compensation for the share price under-performance over the last year. In fact the stock is down 15% in the last year, well below the market return.

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While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

Unhappily, Minerals Technologies had to report a 14% decline in EPS over the last year. We note that the 15% share price drop is very close to the EPS drop. Given the lower EPS we might have expected investors to lose confidence in the stock, but that doesn’t seemed to have happened. Rather, the share price has approximately tracked EPS growth.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

NYSE:MTX Past and Future Earnings, March 23rd 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. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Minerals Technologies’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Minerals Technologies had a tough year, with a total loss of 15% (including dividends), against a market gain of about 8.5%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 1.9% per year over five years. We realise that Buffett has said investors should ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. 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 Minerals Technologies by clicking this link.

Minerals Technologies is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

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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