One simple way to benefit from the stock market is to buy an index fund. But if you choose individual stocks with prowess, you can make superior returns. For example, Taliang Technology Co., Ltd. (TPE:3167) shareholders have seen the share price rise 54% over three years, well in excess of the market return (26%, not including dividends). However, more recent returns haven’t been as impressive as that, with the stock returning just 14% in the last year , including dividends .
Check out our latest analysis for Taliang Technology
To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. 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).
Taliang Technology was able to grow its EPS at 34% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. This EPS growth is higher than the 16% average annual increase in the share price. Therefore, it seems the market has moderated its expectations for growth, somewhat.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Taliang Technology’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What About Dividends?
As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for Taliang Technology the TSR over the last 3 years was 83%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.
A Different Perspective
Taliang Technology shareholders gained a total return of 14% during the year. But that return falls short of the market. On the bright side, that’s still a gain, and it’s actually better than the average return of 10% over half a decade It is possible that returns will improve along with the business fundamentals. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. For example, we’ve discovered 2 warning signs for Taliang Technology which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.
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Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on TW exchanges.
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