Anyone researching Blue Star Limited (NSE:BLUESTARCO) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility as falling into two main categories. The first type is company specific volatility. Investors use diversification across uncorrelated stocks to reduce this kind of price volatility across the portfolio. 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 mimic the volatility of the market quite closely, while others demonstrate muted, exagerrated or uncorrelated price movements. Beta can be a useful tool to understand how much a stock is influenced by market risk (volatility). However, Warren Buffett said 'volatility is far from synonymous with risk' in his 2014 letter to investors. So, while useful, beta is not the only metric to consider. To use beta as an investor, you must first understand that the overall market has a beta of one. Any stock with a beta of greater than one is considered more volatile than the market, while those with a beta below one are either less volatile or poorly correlated with the market.
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What we can learn from BLUESTARCO's beta value
Given that it has a beta of 0.84, we can surmise that the Blue Star share price has not been strongly impacted by broader market volatility (over the last 5 years). If history is a good guide, owning the stock should help ensure that your portfolio is not overly sensitive to market volatility. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Blue Star is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
How does BLUESTARCO's size impact its beta?
Blue Star is a small cap stock with a market capitalisation of ₹72b. Most companies this size are actively traded. Small companies can have a low beta value when company specific factors outweigh the influence of overall market volatility. That might be happening here.
What this means for you:
One potential advantage of owning low beta stocks like Blue Star is that your overall portfolio won't be too sensitive to overall market movements. However, this can be a blessing or a curse, depending on what's happening in the broader market. In order to fully understand whether BLUESTARCO is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Blue Star’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BLUESTARCO’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BLUESTARCO’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has BLUESTARCO 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 BLUESTARCO's historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how BLUESTARCO measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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