You have been saving for a long period of time and you decided to try out stock investing but you just know some basics about stock trading. The first step before picking a stock to invest in is research.
Researching a company to understand its business operations is a good start. This is critical because if you do not know how a company generates money, it is difficult to track the performance of your investment.
There are a number of questions to answer before you put faith in a company and here are three of them:
Do the company’s profits generally grow over time?
If the answer is yes, then this is a good sign that the company is doing something right. Companies that show positive earnings growth tend to have financial and operational stability. You should regularly check the company’s financials to examine whether the growth in revenue and earnings are positive or negative.
It’s a challenge to look for very specific data, interpret it, and then come to a conclusion. Imagine yourself trying to deal with financial reports, digging out for more information, trying to find trustworthy and accurate sources, and deciding if the data is valid or not.
What is the company’s relative strength in its peer group?
When investing, the industry a company operates in can be a crucial screener. The initial point to start would be to look at how an industry is represented in the market and what growth potential is likely in that space.
What is its share in the market? Is there a competitive advantage that allows to company to stand out?
To make a fair comparison, list up the players (competitors) of the same size (market capitalization) and compare their profitability and stock performances over a period to figure out how they stack up next to each other.
Price-Earnings (P/E) Ratio
P/E is the ratio of valuing a company that measures its current market capitalization relative to its trailing earnings. In short, this valuation metric shows how well a price of a stock reflects the earnings of the company.
When conducting fundamental analysis and value investment strategies, the P/ E ratio is one of the metrics that show whether a stock is overvalued or undervalued by the market. The rate is a key indicator to compare companies in the same industry. A company with a lower P/E ratio is not valued as highly as one with a higher P/E ratio in the market. As a conscious investor, it is your task to determine whether the stock deserves a lower valuation or whether the market is undervaluing it- which could make it a good stock pick.
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