It might seem bad, but the worst that can happen when you buy a stock (without leverage) is that its share price goes to zero. But if you buy shares in a really great company, you can more than double your money. For instance the Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE:VPG) share price is 151% higher than it was three years ago. That sort of return is as solid as granite. On top of that, the share price is up 15% in about a quarter. But this could be related to the strong market, which is up 8.5% in the last three months.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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.
During three years of share price growth, Vishay Precision Group moved from a loss to profitability. Given the importance of this milestone, it's not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that Vishay Precision Group has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? This free interactive report on Vishay Precision Group's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Vishay Precision Group shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 26% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 17%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.
If you are like me, then you will 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 US exchanges.
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