The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But investors can boost returns by picking market-beating companies to own shares in. For example, the Akash Infra-Projects Limited (NSE:AKASH) share price is up 47% in the last year, clearly besting than the market return of around -0.4% (not including dividends). If it can keep that out-performance up over the long term, investors will do very well! Note that businesses generally develop over the long term, so it the returns over the last year might not reflect a long term trend.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just 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 the last year, Akash Infra-Projects actually saw its earnings per share drop 42%. This means it's unlikely the market is judging the company based on earnings growth. Therefore, it seems likely that investors are putting more weight on metrics other than EPS, at the moment.
We are skeptical of the suggestion that the 0.5% dividend yield would entice buyers to the stock. Unfortunately Akash Infra-Projects's fell 6.0% over twelve months. So using a snapshot of key business metrics doesn't give us a good picture of why the market is bidding up the stock.
The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).
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. This free interactive report on Akash Infra-Projects's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Akash Infra-Projects boasts a total shareholder return of 48% for the last year(that includes the dividends). A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 47% in that time. Demand for the stock from multiple parties is pushing the price higher; it could be that word is getting out about its virtues as a business. 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 Akash Infra-Projects by clicking this link.
Akash Infra-Projects 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 IN exchanges.
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