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If you're interested in Thor Industries, Inc. ( NYSE:THO ), 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 other type, which cannot be diversified away, is the volatility of the entire market. Every stock in the market is exposed to this volatility, which is linked to the fact that stocks prices are correlated in an efficient market.
Some stocks see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. 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. 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.
What does THO's beta value mean to investors?
Given that it has a beta of 1.85, we can surmise that the Thor Industries share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If this beta value holds true in the future, Thor Industries shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Thor Industries is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
Could THO's size cause it to be more volatile?
Thor Industries is a fairly large company. It has a market capitalisation of US$3.3b, which means it is probably on the radar of most investors. It takes deep pocketed investors to influence the share price of a large company, so it's a little unusual to see companies this size with high beta values. It may be that that this company is more heavily impacted by broader economic factors than most.
What this means for you:
Since Thor Industries 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 Thor Industries’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 THO’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for THO’s outlook.
- Past Track Record : Has THO 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 THO's historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks : It's worth checking to see how THO measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options .
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