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If you're interested in Aberdeen International Inc. (TSE:AAB), 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.
What AAB's beta value tells investors
Given that it has a beta of 1.27, we can surmise that the Aberdeen International share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If this beta value holds true in the future, Aberdeen International shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Share price volatility is well worth considering, but most long term investors consider the history of revenue and earnings growth to be more important. Take a look at how Aberdeen International fares in that regard, below.
Could AAB's size cause it to be more volatile?
Aberdeen International is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of CA$4.3m. Most companies this size are not always actively traded. It takes less money to influence the share price of a very small company. This may explain the excess volatility implied by this beta value.
What this means for you:
Since Aberdeen International tends to moves up when the market is going up, and down when it's going down, potential investors may wish to reflect on the overall market, when considering the stock. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it's well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Aberdeen International’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AAB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AAB’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has AAB 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 AAB's historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how AAB measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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