Fulgent Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLGT) shareholders may be worried after seeing the stock price drop 24% in the last quarter. But that doesn’t call into question the fantastic long-term performance (measured over five years). In fact, during this period, the stock price rose 891%. Impressive! It could therefore be that some shareholders take profits after good performance. Of course, what matters most is whether the company can sustainably improve, thus justifying a higher price. While the long-term returns are impressive, we have some sympathy for those who bought more recently, given last year’s 60% decline. We are really pleased to see such a great share price performance for investors.
In light of the stock’s 6.6% drop over the past week, we want to look at the longer-term story and see if the fundamentals have been driving the company’s positive five-year performance. .
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Although the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are overly reactive dynamic systems and that investors are not always rational. One way to look at how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s stock price and its earnings per share (EPS).
Over the past half decade, Fulgent Genetics has become profitable. This type of transition can be an inflection point justifying a sharp rise in the stock price, as we have seen here.
You can see below how the EPS has evolved over time (find out the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that Fulgent Genetics has improved its results over the past three years, but what does the future hold? You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive chart.
A different perspective
While the broader market lost around 18% in the twelve months, Fulgent Genetics shareholders fared even worse, losing 60%. However, it could simply be that the stock price was impacted by greater market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there is a good opportunity. On the positive side, long-term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 58% per year over half a decade. It could be that the recent selloff is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamentals for signs of a long-term growth trend. I find it very interesting to look at stock price over the long term as a proxy for company performance. But to really get insight, we also need to consider other information. Take for example the ubiquitous specter of investment risk. We have identified 3 warning signs with Fulgent Genetics (at least 1 that cannot be ignored), and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the average market-weighted returns of stocks currently trading on US exchanges.
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