Does Lucara Diamond Corp. (TSE:LUC) Have A Particularly Volatile Share Price?

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If you're interested in Lucara Diamond Corp. (TSE:LUC), then you might want to consider its beta (a measure of share price volatility) in order to understand how the stock could impact your portfolio. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. The first category is company specific volatility. This can be dealt with by limiting your exposure to any particular stock. The second sort is caused by the natural volatility of markets, overall. For example, certain macroeconomic events will impact (virtually) all stocks on the market.

Some stocks are more sensitive to general market forces than others. Beta is a widely used metric to measure a stock's exposure to market risk (volatility). Before we go on, it's worth noting that Warren Buffett pointed out in his 2014 letter to shareholders that 'volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' Having said that, beta can still be rather useful. The first thing to understand about beta is that the beta of the overall market is one. A stock with a beta greater than one is more sensitive to broader market movements than a stock with a beta of less than one.

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What we can learn from LUC's beta value

Zooming in on Lucara Diamond, we see it has a five year beta of 1.59. This is above 1, so historically its share price has been influenced by the broader volatility of the stock market. Based on this history, investors should be aware that Lucara Diamond are likely to rise strongly in times of greed, but sell off in times of fear. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Lucara Diamond is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

TSX:LUC Income Statement, June 14th 2019

How does LUC's size impact its beta?

Lucara Diamond is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of CA$627m. Most companies this size are not always actively traded. It has a relatively high beta, suggesting it is fairly actively traded for a company of its size. Because it takes less capital to move the share price of a small company like this, when a stock this size is actively traded it is quite often more sensitive to market volatility than similar large companies.

What this means for you:

Since Lucara Diamond has a reasonably high beta, it's worth considering why it is so heavily influenced by broader market sentiment. For example, it might be a high growth stock or have a lot of operating leverage in its business model. In order to fully understand whether LUC is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Lucara Diamond’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for LUC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for LUC’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has LUC been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of LUC's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how LUC measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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